Green Shoots Program
Monash has a rich bushland and leafy environment that is highly valued by our residents. Trees and green space in the public and private realms of Monash provide clean air, cool our environment and retain water in the soil. Monash is a healthier place to live thanks to our trees and gardens.
The Green Shoots Program enables residents to connect with nature, improve and increase awareness of our biodiversity corridors and appreciate the value of trees. It is the overarching program to support the delivery on many actions under the Urban Biodiversity Strategy, in partnership with our Horticultural department and linked to other related strategies supporting Monash’s garden city character.
The Green Shoots program has been developed in response to a high level of interest from residents keen to help protect, improve and experience the local natural environment.
Skink Link Project
The Green Shoots Program began with the popular Skink Link Project at Scotchmans Creek in Oakleigh which is creating new habitats for skinks. We invited the community to help build the habitats and the idea was enthusiastically embraced with residents keen to contribute through planting, picking up litter and helping to manage weeds. Two skink link lounges have been constructed and local students have propagated seeds from a very old remnant Red Gum tree and planted them back in the creek environment. Interpretive signs have been installed along the creek from Warrigal Rd to Huntingdale Rd. Many residents are enjoying wandering along the creek, learning about the local environment and looking out for wildlife.
Gardens for Wildlife
Since 2016, more than 100 residents have joined the Monash Gardens for Wildlife program. Participants attend workshops run by our Bushland team, receive free indigenous seedlings for their gardens and become part of a network of people providing homes to local native wildlife in their own gardens. Schools have also joined to increase the vegetation on their school grounds. These gardens are vital stepping stones for wildlife by creating corridors as they travel between our bushland and parks.
Our new volunteer Garden Guides will be visiting participant’s gardens to provide individual support and advice on how to create a habitat garden. Council is also collaborating with the local residents of Glen Tower Drive to create a Garden for Wildlife in the road reserve for both people and wildlife to enjoy.
Green Shoots connects all generations and cultural and social groups in Monash to our local natural environment, encouraging residents to take a positive, collective responsibility towards stewardship of these important spaces. Even our youngest Monash residents have been involved with the instalment of two new bush kinder spaces in two sporting reserves, and an expanded Gardens for Wildlife program to include volunteer garden mentors to support residents and schools to create their indigenous gardens.
Monash Gardens for Wildlife (pdf, 6MB)
For more info: 9518 3555