(4/10/2017) Green thumbs up for verge gardens
City of Fremantle residents have more reason than ever to give their verges some love this spring and turn them into vibrant, living gardens.
Free plants and mulch and assistance with site preparation are among a bunch of incentives to create a verge garden oasis - and contribute to a more beautiful and greener Freo.
Council has adopted a new policy emphasising its encouragement for verge gardens which are a growing feature of many local streetscapes.
Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said the policy had been created to support residents who are interested in establishing a verge garden. It provides practical information and advice on issues such as tree removal.
Complementing the policy is a range of new and improved initiatives to subsidise the cost and assist the development of verge gardens including:
- verge preparation assistance scheme
- verge garden materials and maintenance
- street tree maintenance.
"Establishing a verge garden helps to beautify local streets, shows pride in our community and contributes to a clean, green Freo," Mayor Pettitt said.
Verge gardens assist the City to achieve its goals under the One Planet initiative and also help create more connected neighbourhoods.
"The value of verge gardens is not just in the environmental benefits; it is also an investment in building healthier and safer communities," Mayor Pettitt said.
"They become focal points for residents to get together and chat, get to know their neighbours and share a common interest."
The City will implement a revised verge garden program incorporating the new and improved initiatives and has committed $29 000 in this year's budget in funding support, on top of $10,000 made available by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation.
A verge garden guideline document will be produced to provide tips on how to design, implement and maintain a verge garden.