This garden has already been planted out & has a new street tree as well.  It looks terrific.

This garden has already been planted out & has a new street tree as well. It looks terrific.

The corner of Moncur & Moyes Streets Marrickville has looked good for a number of years because of the many white bollards & the traffic islands on both corners that are filled with Star Jasmine.  This little bit of green has made quite a difference to the streetscape in this area.

As part of their Sustainable Streets program Marrickville Council has created 27 new verge gardens along both sides of Moncur Street after being requested to do this by residents.   The project was completed in April 2013.

According to a Marrickville Council media release, 26 households collaborated with Council for more than 8-months to design & organise the verge gardens.

36 tonnes of concrete was removed creating 150-square-metres for verge gardens.  The residents will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the verge gardens.

The impact on the streetscape is immediately evident.  In my opinion it is a vast improvement.  It’s just a shame the whole street wasn’t done, as there are significant gaps with no verge gardens.

I am looking forward to see what the residents do with the new verge gardens. For a long time now there has been at least one very attractive verge garden, so if this is any indication, Moncur Street will be looking significantly greener in the coming months.

I think this tree is very special & am glad it was saved.  It will love its new living arrangements.

I think this tree is very special & am glad it was saved. It will love its new living arrangements.

While depaving lowers the urban heat island effect, verge gardens also collect stormwater & help water street trees. Moncur Street is fortunate to have a number of nice street trees so these will benefit from better living conditions.

Council’s media release said this is a well-connected community already so the verge gardens will continue to build on these relationships between neighbours.   Recent research has shown that a well-tended street with people out the front gardening significantly lowers the risk of crime.

The verge gardens will help children learn as well as cultivate a happier community. Green environments have been shown to elevate people’s mood & create happiness with gardening long known to improve physical & mental health.  Whether the residents grow vegetables, herbs, natives or flowers, any greenery will help urban wildlife & bring more biodiversity into the street.  Lastly, there is the issue of raised property values because the streetscape is very important to 99% of people when buying property.

All these are incredibly positive outcomes from the establishment of verge gardens & this is something we should all consider doing.  Filling the verge garden need not be expensive with tubestock available for between $2-$3 & by propagating plants & sharing of cuttings between neighbours.  Hopefully Council’s $2 million mowing bill will soon be a thing of the past with all of us all wondering how we lived with so much ugly concrete.

Well done & thank you to the residents of Moncur Street & Marrickville Council.  I believe that the whole community benefits from verge gardens.  Any concrete removed increases beauty & biodiversity.  A huge number of people ride or walk the streets as part of their recreation, so a nice street adds to our enjoyment & happiness.

As you can see, some of the verge gardens are different sizes.

As you can see, some of the verge gardens are different sizes. 

It's a shame that this tree wasn't released from its bondage.

It’s a shame that this tree wasn’t released from its bondage.  

Verge gardens were not created along all of the street.

Verge gardens were not created along all of the street.

I think the new verge gardens make a massive & very positive addition to the streetscape.

I think the new verge gardens make a massive & very positive addition to the streetscape.  The uniformity of gardens along this stretch appeals to me & the street trees will benefit from this work.  Imagine how they will look when more plants are added & they have grown.  

 

 

 

 

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