Examples of Projects

Example 1 – Non-profit, grant-funded.
Your club, retirement village, church or other organisation applies for a grant to do a conversion and employs a social enterprise to transform the grass verges around your premises.  This provides employment for the workers, shade for pedestrians and shade from the afternoon sun for your members, and helps combat the heat for your premises and surrounding houses. Ongoing maintenance will be done as before, although it could be cheaper because of the lower maintenance. You are responsible for ensuring that the street trees and plants are watered while they get established.

Example 2 – Owner funded.
Your business or local shopping centre makes an up-front investment by employing a social enterprise or local business to transform the verges around their border.  This provides employment for the workers, shade for pedestrians and combats the heat for surrounding area. The project is portrayed as a contribution to the community and the improved appearance and amenity attracts custom. Ongoing maintenance will be done as before, although it could be cheaper because of the lower maintenance. The Centre is responsible for ensuring that the street trees are watered.

Example 3 – Owner funded.
A resident, or group of residents, pays a social enterprise or local business to transform the verges in their street.  This provides shade for pedestrians, cools the surrounding houses and reduces the need for air-conditioning. The walkable street and connection with nature has a positive effect on the physical and mental health of residents of all ages. Property values may be increased. Traffic may be slowed down. Ongoing maintenance will be done as before, although it should be cheaper or less work. Each householder is responsible for ensuring that the street tree in front of their house is watered. (Some owners may elect to do their own planting rather than pay.)