Working Bees

Working Bees are held on the first Sunday of the month and all are welcome to come and join in.

We often suggest to non-members that attending a Working Bee is a great way to test out whether or not The Paddock is for you before committing to an annual membership.

Starting time is 10am with the day usually running until 2.30pm with a delicious BBQ lunch to say thank you to all the volunteers on the day.

Please note: attendance at working bees is a condition of membership. A minimum of 3 working bees must be attended annually.

It is understood that some people may not be able to attend working bees on weekends so if you are unable to attend please let our Garden Coordinator know in advance.

General Tasks

Shared, or communal, garden areas are areas within the community garden that are not allocated to personal cultivation in the form of allotments.

Maintenance of these areas is the shared responsibility of all members. Allotment holders are expected to participate in the maintenance and development of shared areas via working bees. Some members may prefer to participate only in shared gardening and forego the opportunity for an allotment.

The Garden Coordinator facilitates the management of shared areas and organises working bees.

Tasks that need completing at working bees are placed on the communal notice board and are checked off when completed. Regular working bee tasks include:


  • Tool shed sweep and tidy
  • Clean gutters and sweep swale drains
  • Mow/clear edges and walkways
  • Rubbish clearance
  • Eco house sweep and clean


  • Weed all communal areas
  • Plant out any gaps in communal areas


  • Full muck out of chook coop/shed
  • Coop shed repairs


Composting toilet empty

Compost aerated and compost status updated

Cut up green waste and add to compost garden waste bays

Work bins/sub pod turn and check