Relocation

We were informed in April 2018 that the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) were planning to build affordable housing on the current location of the T-section of the garden and two other empty lots located south of the garden. This will result in the loss of nearly half of the garden's plots, as well as all of our extensive common areas, espalier fence used for soft fruit, and orchard. At the same time it would render gardening in much of the remaining space infeasible due to the dramatic reduction in direct sunlight.

Timeline

We currently have a lease until the end of 2019, so are assured that we can continue as usual for only 2019.

Our Response

An application was submitted to Parks Board in July 2018 to build a community garden at the south-east corner of John Hendry (Trout Lake) park. Parks Board will soon begin its master plan update process for Trout Lake park. In order to be successful, we have to demonstrate strong support for a community garden in the park, both before and during this process.

Your Help

We are asking for letters/emails of support. Please send to yimanj.gatl@gmail.com, who will assemble and officially submit them to Parks Board.
  • Write an email or a letter, addressed to Parks Board commissioners and staff, expressing your support for a community garden within John Hendry Park.
  • Spread the word on our garden situation to your family, friends, and neighbours, asking them to write an email or a letter of support.
During the Trout Lake master plan public consultation, please come out in support or complete an online survey. We will update this page as soon as we know the dates and locations.

If you have any questions, please contact yimanj.gatl@gmail.com.

Additional Info

The proposed development is shown in red. We will be losing the entire triangle-shaped section of land along Hull St and Victoria Dr. The space remaining to us would have dramatically reduced direct sunlight.