Community Garden Project
The Town of BWG prides itself on the strength of its agricultural community and the quality of the produce grown within its borders. Town staff worked with residents on a community garden initiative, which is located on Town property but overseen by the third-party non-profit organization BWG Community Initiatives. For more information on this group, visit their Facebook page.
Where is the community garden located?
The Town of BWG's first community garden is located at Lions Park at 226 Colborne Street. (click for map)
Lions Park is centrally located within the Bradford urban area and is on the BWG Transit route (Route 2: Barrie Street, Britannia Avenue, Colborne Street). The Lions Park community garden site has parking, a water source, portable toilets and is fairly level to help with accessibility.
How can I get involved?
If you have any questions regarding the community garden initiative, please contact BWG Community Initiatives.
What are community gardens?
There are two main types of community gardens.
A communal garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. The resulting produce and/or plant materials are distributed amongst the volunteers or donated to specific causes.
Allotment gardens are lands separated into plots that are assigned to individuals, families, and/or groups and cultivated individually. The resulting produce and/or plant products are owned by the individual, family, and/or group gardeners for each plot.
Why have community gardens?
Community gardens provide health, economic, educational, social and environmental benefits to participants and the community at large. They provide a place to connect people with similar interests in nature and can be an important source of low-cost food for those without. Community gardens can also help promote food security for participants and provide opportunities for educational programming.
How did the community garden in Bradford get established?
On October 15, 2013, Planning Division staff provided an
information report to Council on the potential for establishing a community garden in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.
The Town hosted a Community Gardens workshop on April 17, 2014 at the BWG Library and Cultural Centre. The purpose of the workshop was to
present some information on community gardens, then to get people involved in the conversation to gauge public interest, identify priorities and gather ideas. Also on hand to provide context was Lynne Koss from the organization Seeds for Change. A newsletter detailing the results of this workshop
can be found here.
Planning staff prepared a draft community gardens policy and posted it for public review and comment from May 26 to June 17. Comments received were considered and the policy was finalized and
presented to Council.
On June 17, 2014, Council approved the
Community Gardens Policy, a pilot location and a Community Garden Committee.
The community garden is now the responsibility of the Community Garden Committee, under the staff guidance of Leisure Services.