The Free Verge Plant Program operates in partnership with Landcare SJ and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. The application process has been streamlined to encourage all landholders in the Shire of SJ to apply. Residents may apply for up to four years (conditions apply).
Serpentine Jarrahdale residents are encouraged to plant native species and increase connectivity throughout the Shire of SJ for our native plants and animals.
Winter is the best time to plant natives
Keeping it Local was developed to be used as a guide in choosing local native species in Landcare projects for the mid Swan Coastal Plain (districts of Serpentine Jarrahdale [SJ] and North Murray). It is easy to read and provides information such as the different soil types found throughout the shire and plants that are fire retardant.
Click on the image to download Keeping it Local or pick up a copy from Landcare SJ
Street Tree Program
There are many economic, environmental and social benefits to tree canopy cover. Trees are an important natural asset that provide shade, reduce air temperature and control storm water flow. They also offer economic value by helping reduce energy costs and increasing property values. Studies have also shown green space to have a positive impact on mental health.
Trees are especially effective for cooling neighbourhoods and improving comfort during warm, sunny weather through evaporation and shade. It is six degrees cooler under a full tree canopy cover. Shade is critical for improved human thermal comfort.
Trees and plants improve people’s sense of wellbeing. There are a number of benefits that would arise from the Shire’s Street Tree Program. These include, but are not limited to, the below points:
• Increase biodiversity
• Trees act as wind breaks
• Plants improve air quality
• Plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions
• Trees can contribute to the character of our Shire
• Combat urban heat where temperatures build-up due to low vegetation
• Increase property values
• Provide cooler liveable residential areas.
• Reduce energy demands particularly in summer due to shade