Gardens for Wildlife
Gardens for Wildlife is a free program to support more wildlife friendly and environmentally sustainable gardening practices within Frankston City Council.
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.
The growth of our community has greatly displaced our native plants and animals creating isolated patches of native vegetation. Providing habitat in the garden is not only valuable in itself, it can also provide that important link to a natural reserve nearby, providing safe corridors or ‘stepping stones‘ along which animals can move from place to place.
The aim of the Gardens for Wildlife program is to:
- Promote biodiversity for native flora and fauna
- To improve the habitat connectivity through the landscape of Frankston city council.
- Increase the plantings of indigenous or other suitable Australian plants in gardens; and
- Create enjoyable and practical gardens improving on our health and wellbeing.
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?
The program will open each term with a number of available times for one of our volunteer Garden Guides will come and visit your property to provide you with advice on your garden.
Once you have registered, the Gardens for Wildlife garden guide will visit your property at the allocated time to provide advice 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.
How to register your interest
Interested gardeners should register via the online link below to view available time slots:
There is a limited number of gardens we can visit, however we hope cater for more properties as we grow our team of Garden Guides.
The Garden Guides are made up of a team of volunteers and Council Officers who each have a passion for the conservation of our indigenous plants and animals.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Garden Guide please email PandE.Events@frankston.vic.gov.au and we will contact you.
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 Frankston Indigenous Nursery in Seaford
- 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 – be it plant containers, a courtyard, deck or larger space – we can all contribute to the survival of wildlife by providing suitable places for birds, insects, frogs, lizards and other animals.
Frankston City Council
PO Box 490
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322