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 with thanks to Waterwise Greening Co-funding, 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. Update: we have now sold out of available subsidised plant vouchers for 2021.
- The Verge Preparation Assistance scheme has been suspended due to budget reductions as a result of the financial impacts of COVID-19.
- 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 the mulch well maintained and ensure it does not spill on the footpath or road as it can affect drainage infrastructure.
As a precautionary measure, the Fremantle Recycling Centre has temporarily suspended the free mulch service. This is due to the detection of polyphagous shot-hole borer in East Fremantle. A quarantine zone has been applied by DPIRD until March and includes parts of the City of Fremantle, the Town of East Fremantle, and parts of the City of Melville. Find out more information here.
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 mows and maintains major road verges, hazardous road verges, pedestrian access ways and medians.
View our Parks and Verges FAQs.