The Macleod Organic Community Garden was established in 2015 with most of the construction taking place during the 2016 year, we have a great site on two disused tennis courts at Macleod College, the garden is an initiative of Sustainable Macleod Inc.
It is gardened communally by members of Sustainable Macleod. We aim to turn it into a hub of community activity, with a space to run workshops alongside productive wicking beds and an orchard of fruit trees. For more information about the Garden, click here.
During daylight saving we are opening the garden Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00 (Unless over 35 Degrees) and Monday evenings 5:30 to 7:00, Saturdays 1:00 to 5:00 again dependent on weather. Extra Activities are run on the 1st Saturday in the month.
In Autumn and Winter we open every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 1:00 – 4:00 and every Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Come and garden or just join us for a cuppa and a chat in a beautiful tranquil setting. Extra Activities are run on the 1st Saturday in the month.
Of course members are welcome to open it at other times, just ask as we have extra keys available. During summer we usually have someone water each day especially as some plants are very young.
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About Sustainable Macleod
Sustainable Macleod aims to build a resilient local community, encouraging residents to shop locally, produce and share their own food, use environmentally-friendly transport and undertake other activities to promote sustainability.
We participate in the local community area so there is always something happening, by following our Facebook page or email newsletter you can be kept up to date.
Below is an example of one of the council awards nights that a group of our members participated and even took out an award.
Banyule and Darebin Sustainability Awards 2016
Sustainable Macleod is thrilled that Robin Gale-Baker was named the Banyule Local Hero in the Banyule and Darebin Sustainability Awards, along with Greta Gillies of T3081.
The Local Hero Award was in recognition of the huge amount of work Robin has undertaken in the Banyule community. Robin is co-founder of Sustainable Macleod and the Macleod Vegie Swap and has developed strong relationships with Macleod College, the Macleod Village Traders and other community groups supporting young people and people with disabilities. She has run dozens of workshops and talks for a range of groups in Banyule. Her grant-writing skills have been a huge success, notably in gaining resources for the Macleod Organic Community Garden. Robin is President of Sustainable Macleod and writes the monthly Newsletter.
In her acceptance speech, Robin praised the work of members of Sustainable Macleod and noted that nothing would be achieved without the generous way in which members contribute time, energy and resources.
Robin was declared Banyule winner jointly with Greta Gillies, a driving force behind T3081 and
many other community initiatives, including Rough Trade.
Not content to rest on their laurels, Robin and Greta are planning to use their Local Hero designations to talk to a wide range of school and community groups on issues of sustainability.
To become a member of Sustainable Macleod and access the garden and its produce, click here.
We are very grateful to Banyule City Council for funding and support for this project.