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Designing and creating a neighbourhood garden: A garden tour

Hilltop Garden, McCurdy Road (corner Fraser Street), Herne Hill, VIC 3218
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We designed and created a ‘neighbourhood garden’ in the suburb of Herne Hill (Geelong), Victoria from early 2019. An example of urban agriculture. The original aim was: to beautify the neighbourhood, by adding to existing trees and plants at the beginning of a nature reserve and trail path. We found preparing the initial 2 garden beds and planting of 3 crepe myrtle trees (to provide colour and attract pollinators) led to an additional garden bed, planting local and other indigenous plants, perennials, fruit and other trees, herbs and vegetables. The site, especially during extreme weather events and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-), has also resulted in unexpected personal and community wellbeing, plus environmental and sustainability benefits. This garden tour provides insights of the site’s characteristics, and the lessons learnt in designing and creating a neighbourhood garden.

Location Note: Opposite former Geelong Cement Works (demolished May 2020). The top of Fraser Street is blocked. Car-parking on McCurdy Road preferred

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Phone: +61 (0) 408160785