Verge garden assistance
We encourage residents to develop and maintain verge gardens to provide a range of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community. The City provides a number of annual schemes which assist residents to create a successful verge garden including:
- The native plant subsidy scheme runs every year from May 1-30, allowing residents to purchase up to 40 low cost native plants from local nursery APACE.
- The Verge Preparation Assistance scheme runs once a year in February and offers assistance by preparing your verge with minor earthworks.
- The City encourages the use of native plants and organic mulch on verges through its alternative materials scheme. To apply for the use of special materials (eg hardscapes, bollards, boulders, furniture or structures) please complete the online form.
- Check out this handy information booklet on creating a native verge garden or view the City's Verge Garden Policy.
Mulching is one of the many easy ways you can develop a water wise native garden. Please keep mulch well maintained and ensure it does not spill on the footpath or road as it can affect drainage infrastructure. Subject to availability, City of Fremantle residents can collect mulch from the Fremantle Recycling Centre for use on their verges. Proof of residency is required to receive free mulch.
Free street trees
Fremantle residents can apply to have a street tree planted on their verge at no cost to the property owner. Once an application for street tree has been received by our parks and landscape team, they will undertake inspections which will include your verge during the following April and May and then talk to you about what is most suitable for your verge.
Planting will only occur between April and July each year to ensure your tree will survive. To request a tree simply complete the e-services (Parks & Landscape) request online, or contact us at 1300 MY FREO.
Due to budget reductions as a result of the financial impacts of COVID-19, the City has suspended its residential verge mowing program.
Fremantle is one of very few local government areas to offer verge mowing as an extra service to residents in certain areas of the City and, unfortunately, we have had to discontinue this practice in 2020–21.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope residents will continue to show the same community pride in keeping verges tidy.
The City will continue to mow major road verges, hazardous road verges, pedestrian access ways and medians.
View our Parks and Verges FAQs.