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Community Gardens in Surrey

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.

Surrey has 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 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, which provides education about honeybees, native pollinators, and ways you can support bees from your own backyard.

Starting a New Community Garden on City Property

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-owned 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 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 property

  1. Identify the garden location and a group of volunteers. Be sure the location you have in mind is on City 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 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 30 each year.
  3. Finalize site plan and garden governance. 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. At this time, garden groups must sign an operating agreement with the City. Garden groups may incorporate as a Society or partner with a non-profit that is willing to be responsible for the garden.
  4. Sign an Operating Agreement. 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 acquire and maintain insurance for a minimum of $2,000,000, naming the City of Surrey as an additional insurer (this may also be provided by the partner non-profit in some cases).

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 incorporation where applicable and 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 or call 604-501-5050.

Neighbourhood Community Gardens

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.

Photos of Community Gardens