Greening the Shire

Everyone loves a beautiful garden.

Imagine if our Shire were abundant with vegetation and habitat – in our yards, our public spaces, our nature strips and even our industrial spaces. Enhancing the place where we live to make it as healthy as possible for us and allow for as much wildlife as possible to share it with us.

Bewildering is about creating beauty with vegetation, bringing wildlife to live with us, establishing habitat for native species, and improving the quality of life we live.  Bewildering is a very deep human response to our relationship to our world especially our immediate environment that recognises our place in it, our dependence upon it, and our responsibility to it. It is more than a charming term; it is a term for charming. It is not just such things as planting trees, greening, cuddling koalas and saving whales.

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is making that vision a reality with our Bewildering project, as well as campaigns for wildlife corridors.

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is working with Sutherland Shire Council to bewilder our Shire.

At the end of 2019, we met with David Ackroyd, formerly of Sutherland Shire Council, and various current council officers to discuss a draft Verge Gardens Guidelines for Sutherland Shire.  These guidelines were prepared by David Ackroyd, and were accepted and passed on to various Council departments for their input and approval.

The Covid-19 crisis has meant many council staff members are still working from home and that Council priorities over the last few months have had to be directed toward other areas.   Currently Council allows residents to plant low growing (less than 0.5m) soft foliage plants on verges as long as approval in writing is obtained prior.  We are hoping Council will facilitate this process for residents by formalising their verge garden guidelines soon.

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For further information please contact Bob Crombie: bobcrombie@hotmail.com

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