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. Please be aware the subsidy for 2022 has now sold out for Fremantle residents.
- 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.
Residents are able to collect free mulch from the Fremantle Recycling Centre (subject to availability).
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.
The City will continue to mow arterial road verges, bus route road verges and identified hazardous road verges. These will all be services at a frequency of 6 times per year.
All verges are City property however it is the residents responsibility to maintain it.
View our Parks and Verges FAQs.