Sherwin Park in North Parramatta has a sunny space which has been earmarked for a community garden.

In late 2022, Council sought community feedback on a draft concept plan which proposes to transform the space with raised garden beds, an orchard, central lawn, pergola, greenhouse and more!

Construction of the garden is expected to commence in 2022 and happen in stages as funding becomes available. Stage two will include the workroom/meeting space.

Who will care for the garden?

Community members and volunteers helped by the Sherwin Park Community Garden Committee (a Council endorsed Park Committee) will look after the garden. Learn more in Frequently Asked Questions.

Explore the draft concept plan!

Click on the hotspots to learn about each feature.

Landscape architect drawing of garden layout and planting

Community engagement

Thank you for getting involved and letting us know what makes a community garden special and what you would like to see included at Sherwin Park!

Submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 30 September 2022. Council officers are currently reviewing your feedback and will keep you informed on next steps via this page.

In the meantime, check out some of the great suggestions put forward below on the visioner board!

What makes a community garden special and what would you like included?

Jot down your ideas. Read and upvote other people's comments.

30 September, 2022

simon says:

To be serious about local ‘veg & fruit orchard’ we need both sides of the pathway as food gardens - this should be in masterplan for future

28 September, 2022

Anmar says:

Dolye ground next to this park is a huge wasted space,no trees,plants.Relocate and build big play grounds, exercise area,& shows area there

28 September, 2022

Anmar says:

A nice water feature like a fountain would be great, and a well lit place at night with a nice seating for the people to gather after work.

26 September, 2022

Murray says:

Love the idea of a garden. But please keep some open grass space and sport areas - great for kids!

24 September, 2022

Cal says:

Love the idea of a community garden! But please keep the basketball court and playground and possibly even some exercise equupment?

24 September, 2022

Fed says:

Dedicated areas for growing herbs and veggies would be amazing. Shared responsibility for caring for this asset will build community.

22 September, 2022

Jake says:

Hello, please don’t remove the play area or basketball court. This park is great for birthday parties and being active. Use the lawn areas

21 September, 2022

Margery says:

Built up Vegetable beds, fruit trees, taps , shade .

19 September, 2022

Mia says:

Local people, work together to grow vegetables and other plants, that they can use and share at their home. This builds community.

17 September, 2022

KKV says:

Please don't reduce the play area for the kids. If possible have a gym corner / skating ramp somewhere

16 September, 2022

MK says:

Love the vege raised beds. Can we please have more benches and include information boards on what is grown there so kids can learn.

16 September, 2022

Gigi says:

Nice park bench and some bbq appliances. Some more flowers and exercise equipment

Frequently asked questions

Sherwin Park is located between Gladstone Street and Isabella Street near the corner of Brickfield Street in North Parramatta. The garden plot is on Isabella Street.

In early 2020, while consulting on the Belmore Park Master Plan, Council received a proposal from a group of residents to build a community garden in Belmore Park. The site was found to pose some difficulties because of the large established trees on site.

In 2021, an opportunity arose to fund a community garden in the Dundas Ward. To take advantage of the opportunity, the Belmore Park group agreed to move to Sherwin Park and began planning the garden with assistance from Permaculture Sydney West and Council.

The creation of the Sherwin Park Community Garden was also seen as a solution to the loss of the Sorrell Lane Community Garden, which was forced to close when the privately-owned land on which it was located was sold.

As part of its due diligence around the feasibility of a community garden for Sherwin Park, Council commissioned a soil testing consultant to undertake investigations.

The consultant identified the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs a cancer-causing chemical) and lead in the surface soil.

This contamination exceeds recommended levels for growing fruit and vegetables.

In 2022 City of Parramatta engaged specialists to prepare a Remediation Action Plan (RAP) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to manage the site as a community garden.

  • Work will include creating a temporary fenced compound in the area that will become the community garden.
  • The turf within the compound will be stripped and a geofabric ‘marker’ layer installed on top to prevent digging into the contaminated soil.
  • Where fruit trees are planned, soil may be excavated and replaced with certified clean soil to allow for deep root growth. Root barriers may be installed to limit root growth to the areas of clean soil.
  • Vegetables and leafy greens will be grown in raised garden beds filled with certified clean soil to a minimum depth of 50cm. Contained garden beds separate from the underlying geofabric marker layer and contaminated soil, will prevent edible plants from becoming contaminated via contact with the soil or their root systems.
  • The ground between raised beds will be ‘capped’ with compacted gravel to form paths.
  • Service areas of the garden will be paved with concrete.

Draft concept designs for the community garden including a shed have been developed and City of Parramatta will work with the community and Sherwin Park Community Garden committee members to create a safe and attractive layout for the new garden.

Following review of the community's feedback and endorsement of the final design, construction of the garden will begin.

The Sherwin Park Committee is a Council endorsed committee. The committee meets regularly and is about to finalise the garden management plan along with other documentation in preparation for the Community Garden's opening.

The first stage of Sherwin Park Community Garden will be constructed this financial year. It is hoped the garden will be open by late 2022.

While the new area for the community garden is being planned, there are gardening activities happening in raised beds and plenty of opportunities to become involved. To learn more, see the Sherwin Park Community Garden Facebook page or email communitygarden059@gmail.com.

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If you need assistance providing feedback, or you would like information supplied in another language or format, please contact Council's Community Engagement Team via 1300 617 058 or participate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

If you would like to speak to someone over the phone in another language, call TIS National on 131 450 for a free interpreting service. Let them know you want to speak to City of Parramatta Council and your chosen language and they will connect you.

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