Bayswater’s edible pocket gardens concept sprouting support


Local residents Gae Mackie and Assunta Meleca and Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish. Picture: Max Laurent
Local residents Gae Mackie and Assunta Meleca and Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish. Picture: Max Laurent

CITY of Bayswater’s edible pocket garden policy has gathered seven applications in two weeks since it came to fruition.

Lime, lemon, fig and dwarf trees were planted by residents as part of the first pocket garden at Trewin Park near Chobham Way in Noranda on February 22.

The Edible Pocket Garden Policy was passed by council in January, which involved residents seeking approval for the site and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs while sharing the produce with neighbours.

The gardens are not fenced off, as opposed to community gardens, and can be accessed by the public.

Applications for gardens at Armada, Claughton, Sherwood and Puntie reserves have been put forward to the City.

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said it was fantastic for the community to embrace the Australian-first opportunity.

“I am just really hopeful that the neighbourhood will benefit for many years from fresh, healthy food which also has the added bonus of being free,” he said.

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