Weeds and Biosecurity

What is Greenspace, anyway?

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In debates about the environment, urban planning and development, the need for greenspace is a bit of an accepted wisdom. “Protect our greenspace” is the one argument against a new development that nobody dares argue with. But what do people really mean when they talk about greenspace? Does everyone mean the same thing? Do they… Read more

Community Gardens, Planting for Wildlife, Urban Planning, Development & Rainwater, Verge Planting, Weeds and Biosecurity

Why I Won’t Be Growing An Edible Verge

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I was among those who lobbied my local councillor about street planting laws and was delighted when the BCC finally came out with their new policy allowing verge gardens in 2016. Admittedly, it could have been better. Jerry Coleby-Willliams offered valid criticism of its shortfalls and the policy could be much improved with his input… Read more

Garden Design, Planting for Wildlife, Urban Farming, Verge Planting, Weeds and Biosecurity

Verge Planting – Brisbane City Council Guidelines

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The Brisbane City Council have finally given in to pressure from green-fingered residents and now has a policy to allow gardening on verges or native strips in front of houses. Their guidelines were announced in August 2016 and updated in March 2017. They can be accessed here and the Brisbane Times article with some interesting… Read more

Community Gardens, Native Wildlife, The Politics of Gardening, Verge Planting, Weeds and Biosecurity