Street trees create shade that makes streets cooler and more pleasant to walk in our climate.
The verge gardens make it more interesting and encourage people to walk frequently to see the changes.
Well-design verge gardens don’t have trip hazards or those ankle-twisting grooves made by grass trimmers at the side of paths.
Most importantly, the gradual change in the way people view the streets makes them more open to advocacy about the way we design streets and give prioritise some modes of transport over others.
Active transport advocates can include this as a reason they plant in their verge garden stories. Active transport groups can collaborate with Shady Lanes to use this as a means to spread their message. See more on collaborations here