Vegetables and flower plots at Gatton Community Garden

UQ's community gardens provide a space for staff and students to grow their own fresh food alongside other new and experienced gardeners.

The two gardens, located at St Lucia campus and Gatton campus, provide a practical way to develop a stronger connection to the food we eat and the environment we live in. The gardens also promote social interaction across generations, disciplines and cultures through gardening, healthy eating and sharing skills and knowledge.

St Lucia campus

The Community Garden is an accessible, multi-functional outdoor classroom in the heart of the St Lucia campus. It serves as an area where students, staff, and community members can come together to garden, prepare and cook freshly harvested produce, learn and relax outdoors.

The garden can host workshops, activities and provide opportunities for people to volunteer and socialise.

It features eight raised beds, an orchard, an outdoor kitchen and sink to wash the freshly harvested produce, tool shed, compost facilities and a rainwater tank.

The surrounding gardens, BBQ pavilion and outdoor seating provides a welcoming place where the community can gather and relax.

Gatton campus

The Gatton Campus Community Garden supports a thriving community with 38 garden beds, a soil pit and an outdoor seating area. This garden owes its success to its dedicated members, particularly the UQ Plant Science Society.

The outdoor deck provides a space for academics to teach crop production, soil science and disease identification in a practical setting. The garden includes a fenced off area to grow plants that are poisonous to animals to assist veterinary students in identifying these plants.

How to get involved

There are many ways that you can get involved.

St Lucia

Student, staff and community members are invited to become a member of the Community Garden Club, a UQU affiliated Club. Information on how to become a member can be found at here or contact the Club to find out more.

The Community Garden will host regular events throughout semester time. Come and join us at one of our workshops, activities, planting days, BBQs or picnics. Events at the garden are a great way to meet new people and have fun. Check out the UQ Community Garden Facebook page to find out what's coming up.

Or maybe you would like to host your own event within the surrounding garden? Information on outdoor spaces available to hire can be found here. To book an outdoor space contact UQ Security.

If you are not a member of the Community Garden Club, however, would like to use the community garden for a social, recreational and/or educational activity or event, please contact the Sustainability Office.

Maps of Garden Locations

St Lucia

The Community Garden is located on the corner of Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Sir William MacGregor Drive.

Gatton

The UQ Gatton Campus Community Garden is positioned next to the Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) with the objective to easily incorporate recycling and re-use of waste materials into the garden.

Operational Requirements

The UQ St Lucia Community Garden Operational Guidelines provide an overarching guide for the responsible management and use of the Community Garden located at UQ’s St Lucia Campus. The Guidelines are a working draft document that will be updated on a regular basis as required.