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Greening of Verges Program

We encourage residents to increase urban greening by planting drought tolerant and sustainable plants and shrubs on their verges.

Applications for the Greening of Verges Program closed Friday 27 August.

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The Greening of Verges Program is a trial incentive by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and is open to residents and organisations within the City.

Applications will be assessed on a first qualified in, first served basis.

The program is subject to eligibility criteria, including but not limited to the eligibility criteria listed below.

If the program reaches capacity prior to the closing date, the Council reserves the right to close the program early.

All applicants will be contacted regarding the outcome of their application.

Please note: If you miss out on this program due to capacity or your application is unsuccessful, you still have the opportunity to gain approval to landscape a verge at your own cost through the ongoing Landscape a Verge Program

Benefits of greening a verge

A well-designed and maintained landscaped verge can:

  • improve the kerb appeal of your property
  • absorb rainwater
  • improve community pride
  • increase local biodiversity
  • reduce urban heat.

What’s on offer

Successful applicants will receive the following verge preparation services for free:

  • excavation of verge to 100mm depth
  • removal of excavated material
  • depositing and spreading loam (soil).

Approved works will be completed by the Council by 30 June 2022.

Eligibility criteria

The Greening of Verges Program is subject to the following eligibility criteria:

Preference will be given to:

  • applications that include drought tolerant and sustainable plants and shrubs (predominantly non-native grass will not be funded)
  • applications from neighbouring properties
  • applications from areas identified as urban heat islands and socially vulnerable areas.

After planting, it will be the applicant's ongoing responsibility to maintain the verge garden in a manner that is safe and tidy. This includes watering, mowing, weeding, pest and disease control, pruning and replacement of material/plants. It also means ensuring that there are no trip hazards for pedestrians and road users.


  • applicants seeking to plant predominantly non-native lawn/grass are not eligible to apply for this program, but have the opportunity to gain approval to Landscape a Verge at their own cost. 
  • applicants who have been selected for the Opt-in to Landscape a Verge Program, as part of the Council's annual Capital Works Program, within the last five years are not eligible to apply for this program. 

Verge Policy & Guidelines

Download: Verge Landscaping and Maintenance Policy Guidelines

How to apply

Applications closed 27 August. 

Please complete and submit the online Greening of Verges Application Form. Please ensure you have downloaded and read the Verge Landscaping and Maintenance Policy & Guidelines prior to commencing your application. 

If you plan to landscape a verge in a different area on your street, please download and complete the Authorisation to Landscape a Verge  - Notification & Consent Form and upload it to your application when prompted.


Council's Works Coordinator, Parks & Gardens
T: 08 8360 9008