About the Garden
The garden was established in the winter of 2010. A Dickson College teacher, since retired, worked with COGS to convert a defunct agricultural teaching facility into a community garden. The stalls where the sheep were kept can still be seen. Initially there were 10 plots on site this has since grown to 15.
There is a Memorandum of Understanding between COGS and Dickson College setting out expectations for both parties. Dickson College has 2 plots available as part of its curriculum activities for students either from refugee backgrounds or with learning disabilities. The remainder are gardened by COGS members.
Dickson Community Garden also has 5 community beds – raspberries, berry patch, perennial vegetables, herb and a peppermint garden. The gardeners are fortunate to have a permanent brick building comprising of 2 rooms in which community and personal tools and supplies are stored. A large glasshouse and 2 rainwater tanks with pump completes the infrastructure on site.
The gardeners are keen to reduce waste to landfill and conduct green waste recycling, both to the resource management centre and onsite to compost piles and worm farms. A large mural was painted recently by 2 art students at Dickson College and there is a sand pit for children to play around in is onsite.