The UQ Gatton Community Garden has flourished thanks to the hard work and creativity of a keen group of students and staff.

The UQ Gatton Community Garden is nearly a hectare in size and includes:

  • 38 garden beds in which students and staff can grow their own herbs and vegetables
  • soil pit
  • outdoor seating and a covered deck that can be used as a versatile classroom
  • garden shed
  • amenities block.

The garden is next to the Resource Recovery Centre to easily incorporate recycling and re-use of waste materials into the garden. It's used as a living laboratory where academics can teach crop production, soil science and disease identification in a practical setting. A fenced-off area houses plants that are poisonous to animals to assist veterinary students in toxic plant identification.

The early stage of this garden owes its success to its dedicated volunteers particularly the UQ Plant Science Society. 

Garden coordinator

UQ's dedicated, part-time garden coordinator manages volunteers, runs working bees, facilitates workshops, looks after the compost and maintains the gardens at UQ St Lucia and UQ Gatton.

How to get involved

We are always looking for new students, staff and community members to volunteer and join the gardens.

Visit UQ's Sustainability website for more information about UQ's Community Gardens or stay up-to-date on garden events and activities on the UQ Community Gardens Facebook group.