‘Gardens for Wildlife' aims to encourage and recognise wildlife-friendly gardens and environment-friendly practices in urban gardens.
By creating or providing a garden in a wildlife-friendly and environment-friendly way you will:
- Help to conserve local plants and animals
- Have time to enjoy your garden more by reducing maintenance time and costs
- Reduce excess water through wise water use, such as mulching and use of local native plant species which are better able to tolerate drought conditions
- Benefit from having native birds and insects in your garden through natural pest control (no need for chemicals), increased pollination and fruit/flower set leading to better production
Environment-friendly practices are very important as what you do in your garden can affect other places far beyond your garden boundaries. For instance, watering the garden uses precious water resources. After watering or rainfall, any chemicals used, such as pesticides or excess fertiliser, will run into stormwater drains and eventually end up in the local river or estuary.
Your ‘Garden for Wildlife' can contribute to bringing nature home by welcoming wildlife to share your garden and by providing a healthy environment for them to do so. Providing habitat in the garden is not only valuable in itself, it can also link to habitat nearby, providing safe corridors or ‘stepping stones‘ along which animals can move from place to place.
By becoming a ‘Gardens for Wildlife' member and through display of your sign you clearly demonstrate your support and commitment to protecting wildlife species and habitat - this is highly commendable and great to see. Find out more about Gardens for Wildlife membership.
The ‘Gardens for Wildlife' program is administered by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. The Program has a regular newsletter, 'The Running Postman' which includes a regular column on the Gardens for Wildlife program. Other sources of information and advice can be found through Links and Resources. The program is run in partnership with the Understorey Network , Sustainable Living Tasmania , Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden , WILDCARE Inc. , Birds in Backyards Program and the Australia Plant Society Tasmanian Branch.
For more information about the program:
Gardens for Wildlife
Coordinator Community Engagement (Biodiversity)
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Phone 6233 6427