In 1999 a group of volunteers set up an organic garden in the Hamilton Gardens, to promote organic gardening, permaculture and sustainable living. This ‘Community Garden’ grew in popularity and led to the establishment of the permanent demonstration garden now known as the ‘Sustainable Backyard Garden’ (previously known as the ‘Backyard Garden’). The Sustainable Backyard Garden was established in 2001 by the Hamilton Permaculture Trust.
The Sustainable Backyard has a strong educational focus for both visitors and volunteers, with productive vegetable beds, chickens which are moved to different beds, a worm farm, composting, liquid manure barrels, and a range of fruit trees, berries and vines.
Informative signage by Artmakers Trust adds to the uniqueness of the garden and helps demonstrate ways we can all make a positive difference for the environment.