My name’s Greg Pearce and I’m a member of
the Gardens for Wildlife Program. Well, when we started our garden 10 years ago in Olive
Grove, representatives came out and showed us what we could plant where and one of the
key things was getting the canopy trees planted as soon as possible and ultimately we’ve been
able to go completely indigenous in areas and then we’ve widened that into natives planted
for more colour. What to plant where has been good, what significant
plants for wildlife has been good, with the Sword Grass Brown Butterfly and those grasses
– we’ve been able to introduce those grasses into our garden. And I think just the balance
of plants in the garden and the knowledge that we’ve got from the Gardens for Wildlife
Program has been fantastic. As a result of the gardens at home, and enjoying
the garden and building the gardens at home, I saw the space at one of our factories and
I thought this would be quite simple, instead of paying someone to mow lawns and take care
of an otherwise open horrible space looking at a factory, we could plant some trees and
get some coverage there. That was a number of years ago now on one factory and then,
with the support of the Program, we were able then to approach neighbours and get rid of
the weed trees and we actually planted out, I think, it’s like 5 factories all with indigenous
plants and indigenous gardens and now, several years later, it’s grown up and I think it
really softens the streetscape and hidden what would otherwise be an ugly factory and
it’s created an environment that the staff really enjoy.
If we hadn’t had the assistance of Gardens for Wildlife the garden would be very different.
I didn’t know about indigenous plants and I didn’t know that there was such a resource
that the Council could offer, so we would have had something that; I’m sure, would have
been good, but it just wouldn’t have been so significant and it wouldn’t have been so
special for me and the relationship I have with the garden and indigenous plants. The Gardens for Wildlife Program has really taken it to a whole new level.