City of Bayswater approves ‘edible pocket garden’ policy for area’s parks


Jo Stewart with daughter Amelia Stewart (9) and Cr Chris Cornish. Picture: Andrew Ritchie  d473015
Jo Stewart with daughter Amelia Stewart (9) and Cr Chris Cornish. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d473015

GARDENERS in the City of Bayswater now have the chance to grow fresh produce at parks after the council approved an edible pocket garden policy last week.

At the January 24 committee meeting, councillors passed the policy, which involved residents seeking approval for the site and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.

The site is to be prepared and maintained by the residents, who will not own the produce.

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

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said this policy followed the City’s street verges policy.

“My sole desire is for council to deliver something effective and empowering, yet beautiful in its simplicity,” he said.

“No local government has ventured into this realm before that I am aware of, but the people have.

“The aim of these gardens is for edible produce to be grown and shared amongst local residents, which fosters a greater sense of community and also encourages more gardens to be grown in our City.”

Councillor Sally Palmer said with “high zone living” expected to be built across the City, there was a need for open space where people could “move with nature”.

Technical services director Doug Pearson said the City would be looking at small areas that were typically unused or part of walkways, in consultation with residents.

The City will accept the risk of a third party claim ensuing, which is considered to carry the same level of risk of other recreational pursuits on the reserve.

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