The Victory Gardens team has been gathering as much local information as possible about community gardening as we embark on a process of establishing a small edible garden in the Hunter St Mall in Newcastle Australia.
Growing is underway in the Hunter St Mall
In the several months it has taken to realise such a dream, we have engaged with many community gardening enthusiasts, change agents and place makers who have offered a hand and their knowledge, to help set this inner city garden off on the right foot. It feels good to have tapped into this generous and lively community as we approach spring and the launch of the garden in September.
I reckon we live in a pretty stock-standard Aussie suburb.
Lambton is one of Newcastle’s older suburbs having formed around the Lambton Colliery in 1871.
It’s a pretty suburb with lovely parks and a real sense of space. Wide suburban streets feature, some tree-lined, some not, a cycleway and plenty of playing fields.
Down the laneways and back streets of Lambton you’ll see a mix of old and new houses, a smattering of trampolines, the odd chook shed and choko vine. I have regularly walked these streets for more than eleven years and it has struck me in recent times that Lambton is changing.
Before we begin, a little confession! We felt very indulgent taking a break out of our busy, but ordinary lives, midweek, to explore a couple of exciting examples of urban homesteading in Sydney.
The justification being that it would be a lot easier to explore the wonderfully popular and interesting kitchen gardens at The Grounds of Alexandria and Koskela in Sydney’s inner city, without the weekend bustle.