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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!

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Community Gardens on Surrey Park Land

There are several established community gardens located in City parks:

Park Garden Address Town Centre
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 &
Growing Roots 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

Clayton Community Centre Ready, Set, Grow! Community Garden 7155 187A Street Clayton

 

 

 

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. Submit the application form below by June 30 to apply for a new garden on City parkland.

Steps to creating a community garden on City parkland

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.

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 are due by June 30 each year.

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.

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 partnersinparks@surrey.ca 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.

Check out the City's Sustainability Dashboard for key indicators related to local food, including community garden plots.

Also, check out the Community Food Resource Map on COSMOS for the locations of all community gardens in Surrey.