verge garden

Bring your nature strip to life

Ku-ring-gai Council is encouraging residents to turn nature strips into a verge garden to attract bees and native animals. Council-owned land on the road reserve, located between the kerb and the property boundary is known as the nature strip. Street/verge gardens form an important part of the Urban Forest and have the potential to make your house and street look great, engage with the community and produce a range of environmental benefits.

The Council adopted an Urban Forest Policy last year which provides an action plan to protect the tree canopy and promote biodiversity in the local area.

Image: Gardening Australia

One of the actions was to produce guidelines for local residents on how to create verge gardens on public land such as nature strips.

Included in the guidelines is how to check there are no utility services on the nature strip and choosing low-growing plants so they don’t cause problems for pedestrians. The guidelines recommend a mix of native trees, shrubs, grasses and ground covers well suited to local conditions and reaching a height of below 1 metre.

Growing fruit and vegetables on nature strips is not recommended because of potential pollution from traffic and passing dogs, Mayor Jeff Pettett said residents could get advice from the Council’s sustainability team and the Council website about creating a verge garden.

“In the future this kind of garden will form an important part of Ku-ring-gai’s environment”.

“They have the potential to make your neighbourhood look great and provide habitat for native animals”.
Complete the checklist and find out more about what you can grow on your nature strip by visiting krg.nsw.gov.au/vergegardens

Main image: Sally Dillon for The Guardian

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