THE Shire of Kalamunda’s free plants for residents program has been hailed a success with more than 13,000 plants going to homes in the region.
More than 1400 residents attended the event, which was held over two weekends in Forrestfield and Gooseberry Hill.
Held each year at the start of June, the Shire gives residents free native seedlings.
The aim is to promote revegetation of properties with plants requiring less water and maintenance while providing habitats for wildlife.
Shire President Andrew Waddell said the free plant program supported the establishment of natural habitat in backyards and verges.
“The program aims to promote the revegetation of residential and rural properties with local native trees, shrubs and groundcovers,” he said.
“Planting not only improves landscape quality but also provides an array of benefits such as shade, as well as shelter for birds, reptiles and small mammals.
“It was fantastic to see the program so well supported again this year, with very positive feedback from residents who attended.”