Learn more about Surrey's community gardens, and how to start a new garden in your community.
Community gardens are more than just places to grow healthy vegetables. They're a great place to get involved with your community, meet new friends, and enjoy the outdoors. Community gardens allow residents to benefit from locally grown food if they don't have space to grow their own vegetables at home.
Visit a community garden near you and learn the various steps required if you are interested in starting a community garden.
Community Gardens on Surrey Park Land
Surrey has several established community gardens located in City parks:
|Blackie Spit Park||Dunsmuir Community Garden||2900 Dunsmuir Road||South Surrey|
|Cedar Grove Park||
Cedar Grove Organic Community Garden
|10222 141 Street||North Surrey|
|Clayton Park||Clayton Community Garden||7011 188 Street||Cloverdale|
|Hazelnut Meadows Community Park||Hazelnut Meadows Community Garden||14069 68 Avenue||Newton|
|Holly Park||Holly Park Community Garden||10706 148 Street||Guildford|
|South Surrey Athletic Park||Intergenerational Therapeutic Garden||14601 20 Avenue||South Surrey|
|Lionel Courchene Park||
Lionel Courchene Community Garden &
|9839 155 Street||Guildford|
|Ocean Park Terrace||Ocean Park Community Orchard||12815 22 Avenue||South Surrey|
|Queen Elizabeth Meadows Park||Queen Elizabeth Meadows Community Garden||9400 134 Street||North Surrey|
The City is also pleased to support the Honeybee Centre's Community Bee Garden Project, which provides education about honeybees, native pollinators, and ways you can support bees from your own backyard.
Starting a New Community Garden on City Park Land
Interested in starting your own community garden? The City of Surrey is supportive of new community gardens, where there is neighbourhood interest and need. If you've identified a suitable piece of City park land and have a group of people that are willing to coordinate and maintain the community garden, you are invited to complete and submit the application form below to create a new garden on City park land.
In most cases, the City will provide successful applicants with site preparation, garden bed construction, first year’s soil, and a water hook up. The garden group must sign an agreement with the City and is responsible for managing the community garden, including membership and ongoing maintenance of the site.
Steps to creating a community garden on City park land
- Identify the garden location and a group of volunteers. Be sure the location you have in mind is on City park land. You can verify this using COSMOS or by calling 604-501-5050 if you aren’t sure. A minimum of 12 people must be committed to supporting the project. It's a good idea to poll the neighbourhood to ensure there is local support for the garden at this stage.
- Submit an application. Download the application for new gardens. The application form outlines the criteria that will be used to evaluate the applications. Include as much relevant information as possible so your application can be fully evaluated. Only 1 location may be submitted per proposal. Applications are due by September 30th each year.
- Finalize site plan. Successful applicants will be notified in the late fall and will work with the City to finalize the site plan and do a full neighbourhood survey to confirm support.
- Sign an Operating Agreement. If the garden is supported, the garden group must agree to the City of Surrey Community Garden Guidelines and sign an operating agreement for the ongoing maintenance of the community garden. As part of the agreement, the group must accept responsibility for garden operations such as maintaining waitlists, collecting fees, organizing work parties etc. The garden group must acquire and maintain insurance for a minimum of $2,000,000, naming the City of Surrey as an additional insured party.
Once Your Application is Approved
The City will build the community garden in the spring, prior to the growing season, providing all the preceding requirements are in place. The garden group will be involved in many aspects of the installation of the garden and a solid group of garden volunteers is needed to get the garden started.
The City provides substantial contributions, but there will be costs incurred by the garden group, including the cost of insurance, garden supplies and tools. Community gardens generally charge membership fees for each plot, ranging from $15 to $50 per year and these fees are typically used to cover annual garden expenses.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 604-501-5050.
Community Gardens on Private Land
In addition to community gardens on city-owned property, Surrey is home to several neighbourhood community gardens that operate on leased or private land. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about a garden that is not operated by the City, please contact those garden operators directly.
Also check out the Community Food Resource Map on COSMOS for the locations of all community gardens in Surrey.