Virtual garden assessments nurture wildlife and wellbeing

Learn how to make your backyard or balcony more wildlife-friendly by booking a free virtual garden assessment through our Gardens for Wildlife program.

From indigenous plants in pots to bee hotels and nesting boxes, there are many ways you can create welcoming habitats for local creatures, even if you have a very small outdoor space.

The Gardens for Wildlife program recognises that private landholders, who manage 25 per cent of the land in the City of Melbourne, play a big role in ensuring the city has healthy ecosystems and thriving biodiversity.

As restrictions related to COVID-19 continue, the program also provides invaluable community connection for a growing network of wildlife gardeners and volunteers.

‘While COVID-19 has presented many challenges, together we have been able to adapt our program and begin conducting virtual garden visits,’ said a Gardens for Wildlife volunteer.

‘I love that we can keep on inspiring the community to make their homes more wildlife-friendly. It gives some positivity in light of these unsettling times.’

Virtual garden assessments are available to anyone who lives within the City of Melbourne municipality.

When you book an assessment, a trained Gardens for Wildlife volunteer will request some photos of your garden and schedule a video call to learn more about your space and your goals.

You will then receive a report including tailored advice for your space and a voucher for free native plants from Bili Nursery, which is offering contactless plant pick-up.

To book a virtual garden assessment, browse quick tips for wildlife-friendly gardens and find out how to become a volunteer garden guide, visit Gardens for Wildlife.