Productive and Native. Highlights of the Community Verge Walk

Today’s community walk to look at verge gardens was really inspiring. Not only was the walk well attended by many impressive people willing to share their ideas and experiences, but we got to see some really great resident-initiated verges as we wondered along Holland, Montreal and Forrest Streets in Fremantle. Thanks to everyone for sharing ideas and knowledge. I leant lots.

Pleasingly the consensus was that the new City of Fremantle verge policy was definitely heading in the right direction as it encouraged more people to plants native plants or even vegetables in their front verges. The policy not only helps people make verge gardens but it also cuts red tape and lets people do creative things – many of which are already happening if Fremantle. Please check out link to policy on previous post.

What became apparent too is that native and productive verges are not only good for environmental reasons such as reducing water use and increasing biodiversity but they are also important socially, as residents use, enjoy and come together (and even share excess produce) as a result of more attractive verge gardens.

Here are some photos:

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