Posted on November 18, 2016
City of Bayswater residents will now be able to grow fruit and vegetables on their verges thanks to new guidelines approved at this week's Council Meeting.
An updated policy has been drafted which specifically promotes native, water wise and edible garden verge treatments in the City.
Mayor Barry McKenna said the new guidelines are a real win for residents and the City.
"Residents will now be able to plant fruit and vegetables on their verge without the need to seek Council approval. It's all about increasing efficiency and reducing red tape," Cr McKenna said.
"It is hoped the new guidelines will encourage home owners to take pride in their verges whilst contributing to the greening of our City. Growing their own vegetables also helps makes households more sustainable."
The City has proposed a new 'Online Verge Greening Portal' which will help residents understand the guidelines.
It will provide a link to various resources to help keen gardeners make the most of their verges and also share photos and success stories of how people have greened their verge or street.
The portal will also share information on any green initiatives the City is running such as the Plants to Resident Program or Great Garden Workshops, both of which encourage residents to get out in to their gardens.
As part of its annual winter Plants to Resident Program the City gives away 7,000 free native plants to residents to green their gardens and verges. The Great Garden Workshops provide residents will expert advice on waterwise gardening practices. Workshops are held throughout the year.