COGS operates 12 community gardens in the ACT region, at Charnwood, Cook, Cotter, Dickson, Erindale, Holder, Kaleen, Kambah, Mitchell, Oaks Estate and O’Connor.

Queanbeyan Sustainability Group operates the Railway Park Garden.

Each garden has its own character and all use organic methods — in particular, no inorganic (salty) fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are used. The Organic Federation of Australia supplies the latest news on the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce.

The community gardens are a great way to get your hands dirty, to grow your own fruit and vegetables for home consumption and to exchange tips and extra produce with fellow gardeners.

You must be a member of COGS to apply for a plot. Membership is $35 for the first year and $30 thereafter. Gardens are administered by a Convenor who has been elected from amongst the gardeners. Plot holders pay an annual levy ($2.40 per square metre in 2014) to cover the costs of the maintaining the garden, such as tools, repairs, water and insurance.

For more information about how the gardens operate click here.

All gardens and gardeners follow the COGS Garden Rules.

The ACT Government licenses COGS to operate gardens on its land.

To find out more about the community gardens or plot vacancies, please contact COGS.

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