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ACF Brisbane Northside Verge Garden Project

In October 2022, ACF Community Brisbane Northside launched their Verge Garden Project as part of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Save Our Big Backyard campaign.

This is a flexible and doable group activity that raises community awareness and knowledge about the importance of biodiversity and native habitat in our suburbs as well advocate to protect regional and remote areas.

Launch at KumbartchoWe started by thinking of all of the different stakeholders, users, and uses of this space. Here are just some…

Does this mean conflict or opportunity? It depends on your approach.

We had some tubestock of suggested local native plants from the nursery to display and give away at the end. Many went on to buy plants at the nursery and to visit an established verge garden where they could see the same plants fully grown.

Members have access to the free online course Verge Garden Basics – Understanding the Space which will help keep them avoid the pitfalls and ensure that they keep their neighbours on-side and build positive conversations even with people who aren’t initially aligned.

Nobody could guess what verge treatment would inspire me to vandalism. The answer is in the course.

Understanding your own reactions makes it easier to understand others and can make the difference between whether we make enemies or allies.

In November the group will continue the conversation with why native plants are better for advocacy and building allies than food gardening. (the clue is on the whiteboard) All welcome. If you are in Brisbane, register here.

See how to get involved as an individual or a group here.


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