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Work with us to raise the profile of your cause and provide an easy and inexpensive project that supporters can participate in regardless of isolation.

Whether your cause is climate change and biodiversity loss, shade for walkability and tackling urban heat, sustainable urban design, physical and mental health benefits of exposure to nature or simply make your city or suburb more liveable, this activity gives your supporters a feeling of doing something positive plus the opportunity to showcase their efforts and spread your message.

Nature strip gardens are the fastest and easiest project to get moving and have the broadest reach. We recommend you start with that.

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Every listing that your members create spreads your message and links back to your page with all of your members listed. 

Benefits for your organisation and members

  • you have an shared activity that group members can do even during COVID lockdowns and isolation
  • members plant their own nature strip gardens that start conversations in their neighbourhood
  • posting their nature strip listing on the Shady Lanes website increases awareness and gives examples for others to follow
  • your members' posts gives you regular content to share and discuss on social media
  • your members' listings are also linked to your organisation page increase the value to all

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Basic Rules for Verge or Nature Strip Gardens

Verge gardens have become more common over the past few years but not all fit within the framework of Shady Lanes. Below is the criteria that must be met to meet our shared goals.

  1. Gardens must comply with the local council guidelines.
  2. Plants should be predominantly native plants indigenous to the region grown for habitat and soil health.
  3. Street trees are planted and maintained by Councils – roots must not be disturbed and trunks must be clear of mulch or soil buildup.
  4. The gardens remain public property and are not seen as extensions of anyone’s garden.
  5. This is slow, low-impact gardening for biodiversity – with no herbicides or pesticides.
  6. The needs of all users of that land are considered – particularly pedestrians of all ages and abilities.


A directory of Council guidelines is on the Shady Lanes website. Every Council is different but almost universal requirements are that:

  • street trees are provided by councils
  • residents are responsible for the turf or understory
  • residents are permitted to plant low-growing plants (groundcovers and plants less than 30 or 50cm high)
  • avoid hazards for pedestrians and other public users of that space
  • avoid spiky plants, invasive weeds, potential garden escapees, etc.
  • you must not appropriate public space for private use

Where Do You Start

One or more members planting their own verge first is the first step (and you can do it with while isolating or social distancing)

  1. Check your council policy (see our directory for council policies)
  2. Ask your council for a street tree if you don’t already have one.
  3. See these tips for an inexpensive, low maintenance garden
  4. Get gardening, spend some time watching how people react to it as you go
  5. Your members showcase their gardens and experiences by posting in our directory

Register here for a free account to post listings and events
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