We promote community group-local government partnerships as hubs to co-design local programs that meet the social and ecological needs and aspirations of their area.

We use the successful Knox Gardens for Wildlife program, and research* on its impact, as a model for partnerships to adapt to local circumstances. Five key program features motivated and supported residents to garden to foster the municipality’s local plants and animals.

Motivating garden visit

Where householders discover the wildlife and stewardship potential of their gardens.

Community indigenous plant nursery

A place to find plants, advice, and inspiring volunteers.

Learning by doing

Getting hands in the dirt.

Visible involvement of Council and Community

Through garden visits, newsletters, events, and places to call or visit.

Endorsement of each garden’s potential conservation contribution

Celebrating how we all can make a difference.


*Reported in: Mumaw & Bekessy, 2017. Wildlife gardening for collaborative public-private biodiversity conservation. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 24 (3): 242-260.