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:
1. Native Plant Subsidy Scheme
Set your reminder for May being the Native Plant Subsidy Scheme!
At the City of Fremantle, we promote planting local native species in your garden as a great way to enhance our biodiversity; plus, they require less water, nutrients, and maintenance.
The City along with the Water Corporation Greening Co-funding Scheme encourages residents to purchase up to 40 low-cost native plants from APACE WA during May or until stocks run out.
When: The subsidy scheme starts on Monday, 1 May to the end of month
Subsidised Plants: Approximately $2.00/plant, normally priced at $4.50 each (while stocks last)
Limits: Purchase up to 40 plants/household
Eligibility: Please bring proof of address as we need to verify eligibility (ie: driver's license and utility bill)
Payment: EFTPOS ONLY
Location: 1 Johannah St, North Fremantle
Apace Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am - 2:30pm | Saturday in the month of May: 8am - 12:00pm
2. Alternative Materials Scheme
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.
3. Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme
The Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme is currently closed for 2023. Applicants will be contacted by April 17th, 2023 advising of their application status and more information.
The City offers a range of incentives to encourage residents to establish a verge garden, including subsidies on native plants, free mulch, free street trees and free advice on landscaping and planting a verge garden.
Tips to create a sustainable verge
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.