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Gardens for Wildlife

What is Gardens for Wildlife?

Gardens for Wildlife (G4W) is a free program to promote caring for nature through habitat gardening. Volunteers and Council work together to offer advice and resources for wildlife gardening at home.

There are many ways to provide shelter, nesting habitat, and natural food and water sources in your garden, whether you have a big backyard or a small balcony. This program can show you how with a visit from our trained volunteers.

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

Why Gardens for Wildlife?

Merri-bek has a remarkable diversity of indigenous flora and fauna, especially along our creeks and waterways. Private gardens are a significant part of green space in Merri-bek.

Through urbanisation, suitable habitat for native animals has decreased and become fragmented. This results in the decline of many animal and plant species. Our gardens can make a valuable contribution to enhancing the biodiversity of our city, and provide places of safety and refuge for wildlife.

By enhancing the habitat values of private gardens, we can link habitats and create places where our native wildlife can thrive.

How do I get involved in Gardens for Wildlife?

If you'd like to recieve a visit from our trained volunteers, visit the Gardens for Wildlife registration page to sign up.

You'll recieve a:

  • One hour garden visit from our friendly and knowledgeable volunteer Garden Guides
  • Garden assesment report offering advice on your garden
  • Voucher for 10 free indigneous plants
  • Copy of the Gardens for Wildlife Merri-bek gardening guide
  • Letterbox sticker identifying your committment to wildlife gardening
  • Selection of Gardens for Wildlife Resources

You can find further resources and information about programs across Victoria on the Gardens for Wildlife Victoria website

Gardens for Wildlife Guide

Our Gardens for Wildlife Gardening Guide is also available for download. You'll find lots of information about wildlife gardening, local flora and fauna as well as key nature sites in Merri-bek. 

Download the Gardens for Wildlife Gardening Guide (PDF 7Mb)