Preventing Vandalism by Design
Deliberate damage to garden plants and produce theft can
occur from time to time at a community garden. A fence
around the garden will not prevent wilful damage or garden theft.
It will make the garden appear to be exclusive to a small group
& unwelcoming. Public land is for everyone to enjoy.
The good news is that gardeners are consistently surprised how
powerful beauty, public information, neighbourhood involvement and
garden productivity are as deterrents to destructive
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
To deter destructive vandalism:
1. Post signs on what the garden is growing and why, how to
join and be part of the garden.
2. Define the perimeter of the garden site with footpath
mulch or City of Calgary's trail mix compressed footpath
3. Maintain the garden layout with clear sightlines so
passers-by can see the entire garden space at a glance.
4. Cultivate curb appeal by adding beautiful floral borders,
colourful perennial flower beds & climbing beauty plants such
as sweet peas & sunflowers in areas where there is low-rise
fencing to keep out animals.
5. Consistently invite and involve neighbourhood youth in
the construction project days, planting / weeding / watering
/harvesting socials and repair events, composting, and soil renewal
6. Hosting youth art projects such as outdoor murals,
stepping stones, garden bed markers.
7. Following a weekly action plan to keep all aspects of the
garden organized and in good repair so that it doesn't look
8. Report incidents of vandalism to your City of Calgary Parks
Community Liaison staff member.