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Planting a verge tree makes a huge difference – Sue McDougall

Sunday is National Tree Day. The State Government wants to make it easier for people to improve their verges and the suburb by planting trees.. and they’ll pick up the bill.

Today Water Minister Dave Kelly announced an expanded Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme renamed as the Waterwise Greening Scheme. The scheme will continue to provide eligible local government’s with up to $10,000 in dollar-for-dollar funding for rebates to help create waterwise verges in conjunction with their ratepayers.

The new-look scheme will now also include rebates to provide free waterwise street trees, waterwise gardening workshops, waterwise demonstration gardens and waterwise garden competitions for the community.

6PR gardening expert and host of The Gardening Show Sue McDougall told Oliver Peterson that verge trees help to provide a bigger tree canopy that helps to cool the environment.

“People should treat verges as an extension of their front garden.”

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