Learn more about Surrey's community gardens, and how to start a new garden in your community.
Surrey is home to nine community gardens located in neighbourhood parks. The City of Surrey supports gardening as a valuable recreation activity that provides opportunity for food production; contributes to overall health and well-being; builds connection to nature and neighbourhoods.
Come join us!
Community Gardens on Surrey Park Land
There are several established community gardens located in City parks:
|Holly Park||Holly Park Community Garden||10706 148 Streetemail@example.com|
|Lionel Courchene Park||Lionel Courchene Community Garden||9839 155 Streetfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lionel Courchene Park||*Growing Roots Community Garden||9839 155 Streetemail@example.com|
* Growing Roots Community Garden is part of DIVERSEcity's Food Security Program, which provides opportunities for immigrant, refugee and low income families to increase their food security through community garden activities.
|Hazelnut Meadows Community Park||Hazelnut Meadows Community Garden||14069 68 Avenuefirstname.lastname@example.org|
* Hazelnut Meadows Community Garden is part of DIVERSEcity's Food Security Program, which provides opportunities for immigrant, refugee and low income families to increase their food security through community garden activities.
Cloverdale & Clayton
|Clayton Park||Clayton Community Garden||7011 188 Streetemail@example.com|
|Clayton Community Centre||Ready, Set, Grow! Community Garden||7155 187A Streetfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Salmonberry Community Garden
*Under construction - opening spring 2024
|19077 72 Avenueemail@example.com|
|Blackie Spit Park||Dunsmuir Community Garden||2900 Dunsmuir Roadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South Surrey Athletic Park||
*Intergenerational Therapeutic Garden
|14601 20 Avenue||604-592-6970|
|Ocean Park Terrace||*Ocean Park Community Orchard||12815 22 Avenueemail@example.com|
*Intergenerational Therapeutic Garden offers volunteer gardening opportunities but does not offer individual plots.
*Ocean Park Community Orchard offers volunteer gardening opportunities but does not offer individual plots.
Apply to Start a New Community Garden on City Parkland
Identify a suitable piece of City parkland and have a group of people that are willing to coordinate and maintain the community garden.
The City of Surrey supports new community gardens. Applications for a new garden on City parkland will reopen January 2024.
Steps to creating a community garden on City parkland
1) Identify the Garden Location & 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.
2) Submit an Application
Download the New Garden Application Form. 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 one location may be submitted per proposal.
Applications for 2023 have been closed. The application process for a new community garden will reopen January 2024.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) Approved Applications
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.