City of Vincent verges can now feature garden beds and benches

City of Vincent Emma Cole with Isabelle, Mason, Evan and Tamsin.
City of Vincent Emma Cole with Isabelle, Mason, Evan and Tamsin.

CITY of Vincent residents can now install raised garden beds and seats on their verges – as well as attach ladders, swings, decorations and lighting to verge trees.

Vincent council approved the final changes in a policy review this week after community consultation showed residents wanted more active and inviting green and play spaces on their doorsteps.

Residents now have council’s permission, with conditions, to attach cubbies and platforms to street trees and logs, rocks and decorations on their verge.

Mayor Emma Cole said the old rules did not align with the community and City’s desire to make the best of outdoor public spaces.

“We love seeing kids playing outside on tree swings and the community coming together over creative verge gardens,” she said.

“If a resident wishes to improve their verge by planting veggies or decorating their street tree, we have said ‘yes’ and we can’t wait to see the results.”

Ms Cole said additions and instalments still had to be deemed safe.

The policy review came after a North Perth family had to remove a swing from the tree outside their Chamberlain Street home when two complaints were made to the City.

The family posted a note to the tree in December addressed to the complainants.

“Congratulations, we have been asked to take them down,” the note read.

“Unfortunately, however, you missed the event of us telling our child that he can no longer play in the equipment that he loves so much.

“You also missed seeing the stream of tears run down his face as we consoled him.”