Gardens for wildlife program

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. 

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.

Register your interest now

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You can search our online map of eligible towns or find your township below

Ranges ward Port ward  Central ward
Avonsleigh
Beaconsfield
Clematis
Cockatoo
Dewhurst
Emerald
Gembrook
Guys Hill
Menzies Creek
Officer
Pakenham Upper
Upper Beaconsfield
Bunyip
Bayles
Caldermeade
Catani
Garfield
Heath Hill
Iona
Lang Lang
Modella
Monomeith
Nar Nar Goon North
Nyora
Yannathan
Cora Lynn
Vervale
No assessments are available for central ward townships at this time

 

 

 

 

You can still register for the program, and we will let you know if it becomes available in the future.

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.

View the fact sheets

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 mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

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