In 2021 the Growing Friends supplied the City of Casey with some 700 plants for their Gardens for Wildlife (G4W) program, which was launched in mid-2021. This program aims to foster the community’s understanding of the connection between local flora and fauna and encourages residents to become involved in caring for the local environment by improving their own gardens and thus improving habitat for native animals.
It equips gardeners of all abilities with the support and materials they need to create a wildlife-friendly garden in Casey. The program is run through a partnership between the City of Casey, Casey community and in affiliation with Gardens for Wildlife Victoria. Through the program, residents receive a property visit by a volunteer, wildlife gardening information kit and updates on local activities where they can build new skills and meet like-minded residents. They will also be given a voucher to purchase indigenous plants at local nurseries including the Cranbourne Friends, Growing Friends Nursery. (Indigenous plants are plants that occur naturally in a particular area). For more information about this program in Casey, visit www.casey.vic.gov.au/g4w.
A number of Victorian Councils and Shires provide similar free programs to their community, so enquire with your local council, or visit: www.gardensforwildlifevictoria.com