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.
Kingston Park Verges – Native Vegetation Project
Led by Lynda Yates from the 5049 Coastal Community Environment Group, hundreds of local native plants have been planted on 10 Kingston Park verges by volunteers from 5049CC with help from local residents.
This project helps to make our streets and suburbs cooler, nicer places to be. Bringing neighbours and community together, while creating habitat for our local wildlife and adding to biodiversity in the area. Plus it helps rainwater soak in; minimising pollution and runoff out to sea and showcases some of our fabulous local plants. So many positives!
We encourage you to do something similar on your verge or front garden.
Local native plants are suited to our climate, so once established they provide a low maintenance option, only requiring a bit of water through the heat of summer and some occasional weeding.
Transform your verge or front garden into a beautiful native garden habitat.
Not sure what to plant?
To see a list of verge-suitable LOCAL NATIVE plants click here (those used in this verge project). State Flora Nursery in Belair National Park is our closest native nursery to source local plants.
Remember you’ll need to get council approval first via a verge development application and stick within their guidelines. You can find the City of Holdfast Bay verge application here and the City of Marion information here.
This project was funded by a Green Adelaide Grassroots Grant. The City of Holdfast Bay assisted by clearing the dolomite from the verges first.
Thank you to the numerous volunteers and residents who have helped out. Lastly, a huge thank you to Lynda for driving this whole project and putting in so much time and energy.