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Gardens for Wildlife is a free program (open to residents of Frankston City) to encourage wildlife friendly gardens

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Gardens for Wildlife is a free program (open to residents of Frankston City Council) to encourage wildlife friendly and environmentally sustainable gardening practices within Frankston City.

Gardens that contribute to our wildlife habitat can greatly assist the survival of plants and animals that are dependent on the habitats that once occupied our municipality. The Gardens for Wildlife program will assist you to create a wildlife-friendly habitat in your garden by providing you with simple, practical advice for an environment-friendly garden. The program is provided by Frankston City Council supported by our wonderful garden guide volunteers

What is a Wildlife Garden?

A wildlife garden contains features that provide a safe haven for wildlife, with food, shelter, nesting sites and safe areas to raise young.

Make your garden wildlife friendly with this simple recipe

  • Pick any of these ingredients to make your garden a wildlife garden
  • A tall mature tree, native to the area
  • A patch of natural mulch for beetles and worms
  • A clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter
  • Nectar plants for honeyeaters
  • A cat-proof birdbath
  • A frog-friendly pond or bog with unpolluted water
  • A warm, sheltered corner for lizards
  • Local daisies for butterflies

How does Gardens for Wildlife program work?

Select one of the visit dates available and complete your booking answering the required questions. You will receive an email to confirm your booking.

On the day of your garden visit two or three of our volunteer Garden Guides will come to your home for about one hour to provide you with advice on your garden and suggestions on how you can make your garden more wildlife-friendly. Following the assessor’s visit, you will receive a written assessment listing your garden’s native and indigenous plants, and suggestions and plant recommendations to increase your garden’s biodiversity.  The guides are unable to provide general gardening or landscaping design advice.

There is a limited number of properties that can be visited however we hope to be able to cater for more properties as we grow our team of garden guides.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please email PandE.events@frankston.vic.gov.au with your contact number and will will be in touch if a visit becomes available.

The Garden Guides who visit your gardens are made up of a team of volunteers who have a passion for conservation of our indigenous plants and animals. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you can register your interest at PandE.events@frankston.vic.gov.au .

What are the benefits of joining Gardens for Wildlife?

Participants will receive:

  • A garden habitat assessment carried out by a friendly local garden guide.
  • A gift voucher for 20 indigenous plants from the Frankston Indigenous Nursery.
  • A letterbox sticker to help promote the program to your neighbours.
  • Invitations to Gardens for Wildlife events and information sessions across the year

You will also have opportunities to meet and connect with other people interested in preserving our local biodiversity.

Is my garden too small to be considered?

No matter how small your garden – plant pot gardens, courtyards or balconies – we can all contribute to the survival of wildlife by providing suitable places for birds, insects, frogs, lizards and other animals.

COVID safe visit terms

Gardens for Wildlife visits will be undertaken in COVID safe manner. Please read and agree to the following terms and conditions (at the time of booking) to ensure you and our Gardens for Wildlife Volunteers are kept safe and healthy.

To prepare for your visit please;

  • provide external access to your garden space to avoid volunteers needing to enter your home
  • advise volunteers at the start of the visit if you would prefer face masks to be worn
  • complete the health check 24 hours prior to the visit
  • Reschedule your visit if you are feeling unwell, have visited a ‘hot spot’ or ‘red area’ 14 days prior to your visit, been in contact with a person at risk of having COVID or have been required to self-isolate.

During the visit

  • avoid direct contact with volunteers and maintain 1.5m distance between you.
  • Wash your hands prior to the visit with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow.

We acknowledge the assistance of Gardens for Wildlife Victoria and founding program Knox Gardens for Wildlife.

Happy Gardening!


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