A coastal community group transformed 10 neighbourhood verges into native oases with the help of a Green Adelaide Grassroots Grant. ( see article here)
In late 2020, some Kingston Park residents asked us if the 5049 Environment Team could make their streets look more attractive and cared for, by putting native plants in verges that were weedy or consisted of dolomite. We applied for a Green Adelaide Grassroots grant and were successful. We chose 10 verges in 4 streets that were the main traffic routes into and out of Kingston Park and whose residents agreed to have their verges given a makeover. Then we calculated verge sizes and number of plants needed, selected native species suitable for the area and for verges from HB council's list of suitable species and ordered these plants to be grown from local seed by a nearby nursery. In winter 2021, with Holdfast Bay council's help to remove compacted dolomite, we prepared the ground for planting and then picked up our plants. We had a lot of working bees during that winter and spring to plant out and mulch the verges using 5049 volunteers and local KP residents but eventually the task was completed.The verges are now looking lush and green and have really improved the appearance of the area. They should also help to attract birds and butterflies, increasing the biodiversity of the area. Thanks to all who helped and we hope you enjoy the plantings.