Gardens for wildlife program
How it works
Gardens for wildlife is a free program that shows residents how to create a garden that attracts wildlife and improves its habitat.
The program is a partnership between Cardinia Shire Council, Landcare networks, ‘Friends’ groups and local volunteers.
If you live in one of our eligble towns, you can register for a gardens-for-wildlife assessment by a trained volunteer from a local Landcare network or ‘Friends’ group.
Thank you to Knox City Council for their assistance in developing this program.
Register to participate
After registering your interest, a volunteer will contact you to arrange your free site assessment. The local volunteer will provide you advice on how to create your wildlife-friendly garden, including:
- suggestions on what to plant in your garden
- water saving tips
- garden design ideas
- weed control tips
The local volunteers will provide you with:
- a letterbox sticker – display this proudly to encourage your neighbours to join the program, so you can join together to create corridors of wildlife-friendly gardens!
- a local plant guide
- a weed control guide
- weed dabber bottle
A written garden assessment report will be sent to you following your assessment.
Towns eligible for an assessment
You can search our online map of eligible towns or find your township below
|Ranges ward||Port ward||Central ward|
Nar Nar Goon North
|No assessments are available for central ward townships at this time|
Your town not listed?
You can still register for the program, and we will let you know if it becomes available in the future.
Factsheets to help you create your garden for wildlife
While you are waiting for your assessment, or if you are in a township that is not currently covered by our volunteers, check out our Gardens for wildlife factsheets.
Our factsheets provide information on how to create a frog pond, cat safe bird baths, butterfly attracting plants, weed control, plus much more. We also have factsheets on how to design a garden in a contemporary, cottage, formal, or green lush style using indigenous plants.
Become a garden assessor
Do you have an interest and knowledge on wildlife gardening? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? How about becoming a volunteer garden assessor. Training and support is provided.
For more information contact the Environment and Heritage team on email@example.com
Down to earth e-newsletter
When you register your interest you can choose to join the mailing list for our Down to earth bi-monthly e-newsletter. The e-newsletter provides local environmental news, plus tips and tricks to improve your wildlife garden.
Indigenous plant guide
Indigenous plants are ones that grow naturally in the area and so need less water, less fertiliser and less maintenance.
Our indigenous plant guide will help you to select plants that will grow best where you live because they suit local rainfall and soil types and provide habitat for native animals.
For every square metre of irrigated lawn you replace with a mulched bed of indigenous plants you save 400 litres of water per year!
Local indigenous nurseries list
Indigenous plants are not commonly available at your local nursery or hardware store.
View our list of indigenous plant nurseries – these are staffed by volunteers who can help you choose the best plants for your garden.
Saving the Southern Brown Bandicoot
If you live in Bayles, Bunyip, Cora Lynn, Garfield, Heath Hill, Iona, Lang Lang, Maryknoll, Monomeith, Koo Wee Rup, Tynong or Yannathan, find out how you can help save our endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot