There are similarities to the Land for Wildlife program where a face to face meeting between an assessor and a property owner, encourages landholders to protect habitat for wildlife on their property and to improve what exists. The Gardens for Wildlife program is running in the City of Knox and has been very popular.
The program is more than just planting natives, it actively encourages people to look at what they have in their gardens and remove environmental weeds, to plant indigenous species not just any native and to think about providing groups of prickly plants for nesting and retaining nesting trees and hollows. If large trees need to be removed then considering leaving the tree trunk and adding some nesting hollows.
The benefit of such programs is in involving more people in nature and an increased understanding of how our gardening impacts or benefits surrounding bushland and reserves.
Five features help collaborative wildlife gardening programs engage residents to manage their land to achieve landscape-focused conservation goals:
- on-site garden assessment
- indigenous community nursery
- communication hubs
- a framework that fosters experiential learning and community linkages
- endorsement of each garden’s potential conservation contribution
In the same July 2017 Decision Point is another article on the effect of removing certain weeds from urban bushland, especially if it means loss of shrubby habitat – to weed or not to weed.