City of Casey partnership
The big backyard – a community gardening partnership
In 2009, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (RBG Cranbourne) and the City of Casey formed a partnership aimed at supporting the Casey community in general and residents in new housing developments in particular to garden sustainably with Australian native plants.
In order to facilitate this project a Botanic Development Officer’s position was created by the City of Casey. This role has been filled by Clare Hart.
This new role arose from a desire by both the City of Casey and the Gardens to work collaboratively on maximising opportunities for RBG Cranbourne to positively influence gardening and horticultural practices in the local community.
The Botanic Development Officer will work with Council and RBG Cranbourne staff to help facilitate sustainable landscaping practices and encourage the use of Australian native plants throughout the City of Casey with the aim of diversifying planting options, increasing habitat for fauna, bird, and insect populations, and the aesthetic landscape appeal of new developments.
‘Gardens can be low maintenance and low in water-use, but also support a broad range of plant species. My aim is to promote biodiversity in the suburbs and support the creation of greener landscapes for future generations to reflect the inspiration of RBG Cranbourne and the Australian Garden.’ Clare Hart, Botanic Development Officer, City of Casey
Botanic Development Officer
City of Casey
Tel: (03) 9705 5199 Mob: 0408 523 499
Last updated 01 Nov 2010