Wollondilly Community Nursery

Sustainability

The Wollondilly Community Nursery grows a variety of native plants, from grasses and groundcovers to shrubs, vines and shade trees.

Wollondilly Community Nursery is not just a nursery though; it's also a community resource centre where local environmental, conservation and community groups can hold meetings, training days and other events. Organisations such as WIRES, the Wollondilly Garden Club, Wollondilly Regenerators and Propagators, Wollondilly Resilience Network, Fairy Wren Food Co-Op and local Landcare groups meet and train there on a regular basis.

The Nursery is home to the Wollondilly Regenerators and Propagators (WRAP). WRAP is open to anyone to join and meets every Tuesday and Thursday at the Nursery from 8.00am for a productive days work and a chat.

All new Community Nursery Volunteers are fully trained in basic plant propagation, weed control, and seed collecting.

Contact

Council's Community Nursery on 4677 0462 or nursery@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au

 

The Wollondilly Community Nursery began back in 1996 as part of the healing Stonequarry Creek Project. The small nursery was set up on a disused tennis court inside Victoria Park in Picton.

This attracted an initially small but extremely dedicated group of volunteers who propagated local seed for use on the creek project, as well as Council's award-winning roadside reserve strategy. The initiative was enormously successful and as a result the volunteers were rewarded with a new home on Wonga Rd, in mid 2001.

The nursery has since blossomed in both size and output, with over 40,000 plants distributed to various projects every year.

We have a MANDALA garden that was built with the help of volunteers. Local community members can pitch in and help grow heirloom variety vegetables and herbs. The garden was established using organic no dig principles and produces a range of fresh vegetables and herbs for the volunteers to take home.

We have also built a wood fired cob oven which provides baked goods for our volunteer activity days including scones, damper and pizza using fresh herbs and tomatoes from the garden.

To keep the garden growing we have set up a seed bank for storing, producing, collecting and sharing open pollinated heirloom varieties of vegetables and herbs.

The Wollondilly Community Nursery and Environmental Resource Centre is located on Wonga Rd, Picton immediately adjacent to the Council Animal Shelter and behind Picton High School.

Day                                 Opening times

Tuesday                         8am - 3.30pm

Thursday                        8am - 3.30pm

Yes.

You can collect plants from the Community Nursery. Each resident is entitled to 5 plants per quarter. Proof of residence within the Wollondilly Shire is required to obtain the plants.