Boroondara Council Nature Strip Guidelines
This is a cautious policy. Permits are required. Food gardens and fruit trees are prohibited. Permits are required.
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From their website:
"In Boroondara the most common type of residential naturestrip is mown grass, often with one or more street trees. This is Council’s preferred naturestrip treatment and does not require a permit.
"Council relies on the established community expectation that residents maintain their own naturestrips as neat and tidy."
Boroondara Council covers Melbourne suburbs, east of the CBD, including Kew, Hawthorn, Camberwell, Balwyn, and Surrey Hills.