Collaborate with us to promote your Group

If you are looking for a project to raise the profile of your environmental group as well as awareness of the the need to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, collaborating with the Shady Lanes Projects to plant nature strips in your area is an easy and inexpensive project.  It works on several levels you […] Read more

Can Councils and Residents Collaborate to Create Green Streets?

A few years ago some residents at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast transformed their streets into food gardens. It was featured on Gardening Australia and no doubt the participants and supporters saw this publicity as a major boost to their urban food growing movement. Then the Council received a complaint and ordered the gardeners to […] Read more

Activity: What I saw on my walk

The idea for this activity came from several conversations. First, was with my granddaughter telling me about the rewards being offered at school to encourage children to walk. Although she walked to school every day she chose not to put her hand up. Second, was a conversation with my son about how we all used […] Read more

April 2020 Survey

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 […] Read more

Survey Results – March 2020 – Pedestrians and Verge Gardens

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 […] Read more

March 2020 Survey Results – Pedestrians and Verge Gardens

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…

March 2020 Survey

You will receive a copy of your completed form by email.  […] Read more

February 2020 Survey Results

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 […] Read more

What’s So Special about Verges and Nature Strips?

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. […] Read more

The Most Important Equipment for Walking in the Suburbs

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 […] Read more

February 2020 Survey

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. […] Read more

January 2020 Survey Results

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 […] Read more

January 2020 Survey

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 […] Read more

Verge Gardens, Community Gardens and Other Models

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 […] Read more

Street Tree has its First Trim

On Friday, the tree people from the council came through our suburb, trimming lower branches off all the street trees to raise the canopy. After some friendly discussion – assuring them that I look after the smaller plants but it’s council’s street tree, planted and maintained by council and the aim is that it grows […] Read more