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Community gardens are places where people come together to grow food, foster good health, green urban environments, support lifelong learning and cultivate vibrant communities. (http://www.foodwise.com.au)
The Library recently acquired a collection of 60 digital photographs documenting the growing trend of community-run gardens. During 2017, Geoff Ambler photographed community gardens across a wide variety of locations in Sydney city and metropolitan areas.
Geoff Ambler's photographs record the range and diversity of community gardens - large and small, well maintained and overgrown, stand alone and part of communal spaces, in urban settings and outerlying suburban locations. These community gardens provide a green oasis and respite for locals, particularly in inner city and densely populated areas. The gardens are usually maintained by dedicated volunteers, although some are council or privately run, and many gardens produce herbs and fresh produce which can be shared amongst the community. He describes the collection:
My impressions are of diversity in many aspects – Gardens range in shape and size from 1900 sq metre gardens down to a 2 sq metre worm farm. They are located in public spaces, parks, roadsides, playgrounds, schools, disused bowling greens and private properties. They are spread throughout the economic strata from affluent suburbs to public housing areas. The conditions of gardens vary from very well maintained and cared for to total neglect and near abandonment. (Geoff Ambler, photographer, Dec 2017)
Growing community gardens
This collection highlights the range and diversity of community gardens across the Sydney metropolitan area. View the full collection of photographs here.
Jennifer O'Callaghan, Collection Strategy & Development