Environmental groups and gardens

Community gardens

Come together to learn new skills and experience the satisfaction of growing fruits and vegetables in the tropics, without the 'food miles'. It's recommended to make contact with a community garden before your first visit. Find one near you:

There are many more communities growing food together, including schools and kindies, as well as smaller, open neighbourhood 'Pocket Gardens' supported by Council. Find out more through the Green Space Our Place program.

Community groups

Connect with local sustainability groups for new practical skills, workshops, volunteering opportunities and events:


Waste reduction

Marine debris clean ups

Sustainable living and permaculture

Urban green spaces

  • Green Space Our Place: a Council-run volunteer program for revegetation, gardening and guiding in local parks, gardens, waterways and walking tracks.
  • Tree Plotter Inventory: a database of trees on Council land that the community can help map and monitor.

Wildlife & tree planting

Citizen science

If you would like your group featured, contact: sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 05 January 2021

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The Queensland Government is proposing to include a ban on polystyrene (along with cutlery, stirrers, straws and plates) - likely starting mid 2021. Have your say on this important matter. https://haveyoursay.des.qld.gov.au/expanded-polystyrene-eps
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