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Kwinana res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to pour a lit­tle bit of love into their gar­dens in the name of sus­tain­abil­ity and in prepa­ra­tion for win­ter.

The City of Kwinana is run­ning an Adopt a Verge Pro­gram from April to May and pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity with in­cen­tives and ad­vice on plant­ing gar­dens on their verges.

Verge Com­mu­nity Projects mem­ber Pete Olds said the idea was to en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to use the un­der-used space on their verge and to adopt those verges in their neigh­bour­hoods that could do with some re­ju­ve­na­tion.

“It helps to bring a bit of pride to the neigh­bour­hood and gives peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to get out into their streets and talk to their neigh­bours,” he said.

“It will also help to en­cour­age lo­cal birdlife and bio­di­ver­sity and you can even plant some sim­ple ed­i­bles and share them.

“The idea is to help pro­vide an ac­tiv­ity that helps to build com­mu­nity, at peo­ple’s doorsteps that doesn’t have to cost them a lot.”

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to get in­volved and show some com­mu­nity pride.

“Now that we are com­ing into win­ter, this is the best time to start plant­ing a gar­den on your verge as the win­ter rains will help the plants es­tab­lish be­fore sum­mer, using less wa­ter,” she said.

A verge gar­den­ing work­shop is be­ing held to­day and free mulch will be avail­able dur­ing May along with sub­sidised lo­cal na­tive seedlings, a free bucket of soil condi- tioner and bot­tle of soil wet­ter and a verge tips guid­ance hand­out.

The work­shop will in­clude what is and isn’t per­mis­si­ble on verges un­der the City’s verge pol­icy and the best way to go about plant­ing a gar­den on verges to save wa­ter and sup­port plants and an­i­mals.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 9439 0243.

Pic­ture: Emily Sharp.

City of Kwinana sus­tain­abil­ity of­fi­cer Sarah McCabe with Verge Com­mu­nity Projects mem­ber Pete Olds.

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