Garden guru Josh Byrne talks verges in Cockburn

Josh Byrne. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d481802 communitypix.com.au.
Josh Byrne. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d481802 communitypix.com.au.

GARDEN guru Josh Byrne said he hopes to get Cockburn residents more excited about one of the most controversial strips of greenery-the verge.

The Gardening Australia presenter will be a guest speaker at a City of Cockburn event focusing on improving verges and streetscapes.

Mr Byrne said verges could be polarising at time, with some loving them and others hating them, but that his talk aimed to show locals what was possible.

“Verges are really important green space and provide enormous opportunities for urban greening, shade through trees, opportunities for biodiversity and provide amazing amenity for the streetscape,” he said.

“The thing is the idea that ‘it’s not my land, it’s the city’s land so I wont engage with it, I wont mow it, I wont take care of it’.

“That’s what I want to try and challenge, we can encourage people to adopt their verges and manage them and engage with them.

“I’d encourage people to come along, it’s a great opportunity for people to have their say about how verges should be managed and if you have any questions, this is an opportunity to ask them.”

ArborCarbon director Paul Barber will also discuss the importance of urban forests.

The free event will act as a public consultation session as the City aims to review and update it’s Street Verge Improvements Policy 2017.

It will be held at the Cockburn Bowling and Recreation Centre on February 20 from 6pm.

RSVP at https://comment.cockburn.wa.gov.au/verge-policy-what-can-we-plant-on-our-verges.