Sustainable Streets

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Sustainable streets

In direct response to considerable community interest and grass-roots activism, Marrickville Council has adopted a new approach to verge management and maintenance. Verges, also known as nature-strips are important areas of public land that have the potential to provide ecosystem services and help create more liveable spaces.

An ongoing process of collaboration with the community to manage and maintain footpath gardens will see more sustainable streetscapes emerge.

Your knowledge, advice and feedback is important!

As this is a new process Council is keen to hear your views. Please read through our Guidelines and Checklist. If you have any questions please contact Councils Sustainable Streets Officer on (02) 8595 2422 or email sstre@marrickville.nsw.gov.au.

Sustainable streets

In direct response to considerable community interest and grass-roots activism, Marrickville Council has adopted a new approach to verge management and maintenance. Verges, also known as nature-strips are important areas of public land that have the potential to provide ecosystem services and help create more liveable spaces.

An ongoing process of collaboration with the community to manage and maintain footpath gardens will see more sustainable streetscapes emerge.

Your knowledge, advice and feedback is important!

As this is a new process Council is keen to hear your views. Please read through our Guidelines and Checklist. If you have any questions please contact Councils Sustainable Streets Officer on (02) 8595 2422 or email sstre@marrickville.nsw.gov.au.

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    I have been told people with verge gardens are encouraged to contact your office to let you know of their existence.

    A few weeks ago, I began a modest verge garden in Stanmore. It is "no-dig" and consists of several segments with lawn left between & alongside so that people can cross and get into their cars parked alongside, and get their car doors open. It is flush with the ground with no raised lip, so as not to present a trip hazard. I am planting a range of different plants.


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    I have been told people with verge gardens are encouraged to contact your office to let you know of their existence.

    A few weeks ago, I began a modest verge garden in Stanmore. It is "no-dig" and consists of several segments with lawn left between & alongside so that people can cross and get into their cars parked alongside, and get their car doors open. It is flush with the ground with no raised lip, so as not to present a trip hazard. I am planting a range of different plants.


    Subject: new verge garden in Stanmore

    Sent: Wednesday, 30 November 2011 1:14 PM

    I have been told people with verge gardens are encouraged to contact your office to let you know of their existence.

    A few weeks ago, I began a modest verge garden in Stanmore. It is "no-dig" and consists of several segments with lawn left between & alongside so that people can cross and get into their cars parked alongside, and get their car doors open. It is flush with the ground with no raised lip, so as not to present a trip hazard. I am planting a range of different plants.

    I will be careful not to plant any nuisance or weedy species, or trees that are inappropriate for the location (there are many cables overhead). I have contacted the "dial before you dig" service & been informed that there are no underground cables, pipes etc. within several meters of the verge along the whole stretch.

    I have read the possibly relevant guidelines for Australian verge gardens written by Russ Grayson and have tried to comply with the principles he describes, in anticipation that if Marrickville Council does adopt a verge garden policy, it will likely follow those guidelines.

    Regards Hazel

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