Garden & Playground

Playground

Behind the centre lies a small playground free for any group to use. The playground is owned and operated by the local council, but its close proximity to the centre is great for kids. If you would like to organise your child’s birthday or other celebrations at ESNLC, we also offer rooms to hire inside the centre! Check out our venue hire here for more information.

Poets Garden

Poets Garden is a community garden established in the parkland behind Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre.

The vision is to create an organic community garden in Elwood that is productive, sustainable and unique, in which everyone is welcome to cultivate community by sharing knowledge, effort, responsibility and experience. Within the community garden we value and nurture trust, learning, friendship, diversity, creativity and respect.

Currently the garden has 49 plots of varying sizes as well as a chicken coop, compost bins and worm farms. There is a waiting list for plots but we do encourage members on the list to become involved in garden activities even if a plot is unavailable. Being involved can include participating in working bees and in social events and also by being part of the chook roster.

The garden’s name reflects the neighbouring streets that have been named after various famous poets. Independent of ESNLC, the garden is managed by the membership group which is a not–for-profit incorporated organisation.

We would like to acknowledge The Green Centre for supporting Poets Garden. Their products are highly regarded by us.

All enquiries about the garden are managed via email at:

poetsgardenenquiries@gmail.com

Chooks of Poets Garden

Chickens are known to be exceptionally valuable in terms of organic gardening. They help to enrich the soil and compost as well as acting as natural insect controllers.

Our chooks are a great attraction for the younger generations which also provides members with a conversation piece to begin interfacing with other locals visiting the park. It has transpired that our hens are probably Poets Garden’s greatest ambassadors!