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Community Native Plant Nursery & Community Food Garden - in Ryde, NSW

     "The Habitat"

Where and when?

Mission & Vision

City of Ryde Information, The Habitat Business Plan & Procedures

Nursery stories & photos

Other community nurseries and community garden information

Where and when?

In partnership with City of Ryde we have started a community native plant nusery and community food garden at Santa Rosa Park, 251 Quarry Road, Ryde. We are next to the car park on Quarry Road.

The Habitat is run by volunteers for the community. If you would like to learn something new, meet new friends, share your knowledge and do something which will help our local environment come along to The Habitat. Volunteers are always welcome - visit us between 10am and 4pm any Wednesday or Saturday - simply ask for Bev or Pam.

We encourage sustainable gardens which incorporate habitat and food. To make this easy we sell local native habitat plants and some food plants. We provide native plants to local bushcare sites and schools in small biodiverse lots to also help them create habitat havens. Our food garden is open to all to help with weeding, planting, harvesting and enjoying. The nursery is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10am to 4pm.

See details here in Mandarin.

To find out about becoming involved with the community nursery and food garden email us at [email protected] or simply drop in for a visit any Wednesday or Saturday between 10am to 4pm.

Neighbour provides liquid cow manure for the garden Some volunteers at work in the nursery

Transplanting seedlings The orchard and food garden continues to grow

This project started in October 2008 as an idea. In August 2010 the nursery was approved by Council to be at Santa Rosa Park. In October 2011 the land, after consultation with the local community, was re-categorised as "Community Open Space". In early 2012 the Master Plan and Plan of Management for Santa Rosa Park were updated. In June 2012 we were given the go ahead to proceed with construction by Council staff and we finalised the staged plan of construction and allocation of budget. On July 9th and 10th a black chain wire fence was erected. Our first volunteers started work on site in September. Since November 2012 we have the basics in place and more facilites will continue to be added as funds and time are available. Our offical opening took place 3rd November 2012.

Funding from the 2010 NSW Government's Community Building Partnership program (CBP) allowed us to construct Stage 1 of the nursery. Thank you to Victor Dominello MP for his faith in us and to the NSW Government.

A grant from City of Ryde has bought the nursery a 5,000 litre water tank - thank you City of Ryde. Council has also connected the water and provided some other assistance and equipment.

Bunnings Warehouse, Ashfield have assisted us with funds towards our storage shed. Thank you.

The official opening was on Saturday 3rd November 2012. We thank the following special guests, sponsors and supporters for their contribution towards making the opening a big success: Victor Dominello MP Minister for Citizenship and Communities, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs , John Alexander MP for Bennelong, City of Ryde Mayor Ivan Petch, The Meat Boutique, Sydney Wildlife, Ryde Hunter's Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society, Hunter's Hill Men's Shed, Permaculture Ryde, Hunter's Hill Bushcare, Cornucopia Nursery, Easy Care Gardening, the Ryde-Gladesville Climate Change Action Group and Ryde TAFE. What a great day! Thank you to volunteers, neighbours, old friends and new for being there with us.

See Habitat Network activities photos.

November 2012 we won a grant from the Australian Government - Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) - for $4050 to assist with buying more equipment and a 10,000 litre water tank. Thank you John Alexander MP and the Australian Government for their support.

To find out about becoming involved with the community nursery and food garden email us at [email protected] or simply drop in for a visit any Wednesday or Saturday between 10am to 4pm.


Mission & Vision

Mission: Through a community native plant nursery & community food garden provide opportunities for the residents of Ryde and Hunterís Hill to grow native plants and food plants. And in a fun and social way learn more about and work towards improving our local environment.

Our vision: To grow a vibrant community nursery and food garden, supported by the local council and community.


City of Ryde Information, The Habitat Business Plan & Procedures

City of Ryde - Community garden information.

Please see The Habitat's:
Business plan (127KB)
The Habitat Procedures (102KB)
Native seed and cutting collection guidelines (124KB)


Nursery stories & photos

See Habitat Network activities for more photos of our nursery and garden, friends and activities.

First plantings, sales, art and other things - update April 2013

The Habitat provided local native plants to bushcare sites at Bedlam Bay (a NPWS site) and Tarban Creek Bridge (an RMS and Hunter's Hill Council site). Plants included Syncarpia glomulifera, Hakea sericea and Hakea teretifolia. These were all grow from locally collected seed and were planted by the bushcare volunteers.

Our nursery volunteers also planted Daviesia ulicifolia to create the start of a habitat island in the upper reaches of Shrimpton's Creek. With logs and rocks donated by Willoughby Council our volunteers have started creating a demonstration habitat haven in The Habitat's food garden area.

Having an ever growing number and variety of native and food plants available we have been selling native plants for habitat gardens and food plants directly from The Habitat and through a stall at West Ryde Fair.

Our neighbours are getting used to the idea of harvesting from the garden. One neighbour has started cooking treats for our volunteers using the garden veggies and herbs.

Some younger volunteers have been creating art works for us and new herb gardens.

We are excited about starting a new relationship with an aboriginal group who will be running youth activities at The Habitat and for nearby schools. More on this soon.

City of Ryde will be running its 2nd composting and worm farming workshop in May at The Habitat and we invite other groups to consider running appropriate workshops at The Habitat.

The beginning

View You Tube videos of:
The Habitat ready for opening day November 3rd 2012
The Habitat another view on opening day November 3rd 2012

We were lucky to have the assistance of a local Architectural student, Christine Ng, who undertook our detailed nursery and garden drawings and assisted with the planning. Thank you! View profile:
Christine Ng

The Habitat:

Santa Rosa Park nursery site March 2010 Looking towards Quarry Road March 2010

The first hole dug at nursery site 9 July 2012 The fence is up 10 July 2012

Box gardens

In order to get the community food garden up and running many people brought us a box veggie garden in a foam box. See instructions on how to create your box garden. These are welcome anytime to contribute to the produce from the community food garden.

Start with a foam box and decorate it (or not). See instructions above - add potting mix,compost, plants and water.
Pam's mobile garden Pam's box garden - curry plant Helichrysum italiacum, 2 lettuce and parsley seedlings.
Ryde East Primary School - decorated box gardens for Council staff to grow in.


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