Bamboo to create a green wall.

Bamboo to create a green wall.

Last February 2014 some of the residents of Central Avenue Marrickville came together & planted an unusual & very effective verge garden as part of Marrickville Council’s Sustainable Streets program.

Non-invasive, clumping bamboo was planted along a fence line that is visible at the end of the street before it turns the corner. Instead of looking at wooden fences at the rear of three properties, residents now have a vibrant living green wall.

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet, so this space should be looking even better in a few months.  Bamboo has serious benefits in that it is great at stopping soil erosion & also sequestering carbon, which it locks up in the fibre of the bamboo as well as in the soil.

Planting bamboo was a brilliant idea for this small space. I hope this idea is copied everywhere it can be.

Already looking good.  It will also block off some of the view of the highrise development at the old Marrickville RSL Club.

Already looking good. It will also block off some of the view of the highrise development at the old Marrickville RSL Club, which is the building in blue.

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