Verges, also known as nature strips, are important areas of public land that can provide many local environmental benefits and help create more liveable spaces. The Marrickville Sustainable Streets Program has provided a process of collaboration with the community to create, manage and maintain nature strip gardens and has seen more sustainable streetscapes emerge.
Figure 1: Park Road, Marrickville—verge garden before and after
Currently only residents who live in the former Marrickville Council area can access this program.
The program encourages residents to take some ownership for the area adjacent to their property boundaries by working with Council to implement local environmental improvements. The following options are available:
- Converting grass verges to nature-strip gardens. Where residents wish to convert grass nature strip to garden, Council can help with removing the grass and preparing the soil. This service is free of charge.
- Adopt-a-nature-strip garden. Where residents wish to adopt an existing verge garden, Council can offer practical assistance and advise based on the physical conditions of the site and individual needs.
- The whole-of-street approach works with community champions and activated neighbourhood groups that are able to achieve a minimum 50% opt-in rate to participate in the Sustainable Streets program and agree to maintain street gardens.
- A fee-for-service is available whereby new gardens are cut out from concrete, this suits individual households who are focused on improving their property frontage.
For more information or to find out if you are eligible for this program, please visit the Nature Strips and Verges page on Council's website.
Figure 2: Neville Street, Marrickville—verge garden before and after
Figure 3: Tamar Street, Marrickville—verge garden before and after