All members of my local Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) Community Group would agree that sustainability is their goal yet it has become increasingly clear that we are operating with a variety of views on what should be sustained and how. At one extreme are several active members who talk proudly of their Tesla electric cars [...]
Over the past month our world has changed immensely. While it is tempting to retreat into stunned silence, time and the seasons move on. We need to think about what sort of cities and lifestyles we want to emerge from this crisis, and how we can cool our cities during the next hot summer. How has [...]
In our third survey, in March 2020, we looked at pedestrians and how they felt about nature strips and verge gardens. This is very important because nature strips are public land and if a member of the public complains about your verge garden, you may need to remove it. Here is what we found… Everybody [...]
In our third survey, in March 2020, we looked at pedestrians and how they felt about nature strips and verge gardens. This is very important because nature strips are public land and if a member of the public complains about your verge garden, you may need to remove it.
Here is what we found…
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In our second survey, in February 2020, we looked at our expectations of councils. Many thanks to all who participated. This is what we found. Council Policies Council policies vary widely. Some are basic guidelines, others require formal applications, landscape plans, and payment for permits for the most basic verge garden. Readers could select as [...]
There is a tendency to think of native strips or verges as just another form of public greenspace like parks and community gardens. And a less important one, at that. But this space – between the front property line and the road – has some special features that set it apart from other public land. [...]
I had to get from North West Hospital on Flockton Street to the Everton Park shops in Brisbane today. It was a hot sunny day, 30+ degrees. I’d not planned on walking so had no hat, but I did have the most important equipment of all for walking – my phone. I checked the map [...]
In our January survey we found that council policies and communication was a big issue. Let’s look a bit deeper into that. Every Council policy (list here) is different. Some are just guidelines, others require detailed landscape plans and payment for permits. Some offer plant lists, a few offer special lists for bushfire prone areas. [...]
In our first survey, in January 2020, we looked at why people had, or didn’t have verge gardens. Thank you to all who participated. This is what we found. The reasons for having a verge garden Readers could select as many reasons as they wished. The top reason selected was because it looks better, equal [...]
In the three years since I started planting on my verge, I’ve found a lot of people who say it’s a great idea, they’d like to do it, but somehow they never do. What is it that stops them? This is the approach to my verge garden. You can see my neighbour’s extremely neat verge [...]
There’s growing interesting in community gardening, sharing and swapping excess produce, “food is free”, communal composting, book libraries and more. For best outcomes, it helps to be clear about your goals and find which model suits best for you and your project. Verge Gardens and Nature Strips These gardens, planted in the space between your [...]