Bay OK Gardens

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bay-garden_imgBay OK Gardens uses sustainable gardening principles to create a healthy garden that can provide a refuge for native animals, support local biodiversity and help to control water run-off and nutrient leaching. There is much to learn about sustainable gardening in the Geographe Catchment and GeoCatch is helping gardeners make their gardens sustainable with its Bay OK Gardens program.

GeoCatch’s Bay OK Gardens project has two key parts. The first is a series of gardening workshops for the whole community supported by information that is being developed including a Bay OK Gardens guide and an on-line illustrated concept of a Bay OK garden.

The second part of the Bay OK Gardens project is working with local residents who live adjacent to Busselton’s urban wetlands providing them with personalised information and advice on how to make their garden a Bay OK garden and reduce any undesired impacts on the environment and nearby waterways. Homeowners living adjacent to wetlands are invited to participate in a free personalised garden assessment that will be followed up with a workshop by sustainable gardening guru Josh Byrne, who is also a celebrity presenter on Gardening Australia.

If you would like to get involved in this project please contact GeoCatch on 9781 0111 or email us.

Achievements
  • A demonstration low nutrient garden was created at the Busselton Community & youth Centre in 2013 using previous funding obtained through SWCC from the Australian Government.
  • Four gardening workshops focusing on sustainable gardening principles were presented in 2013 using previous State NRM funding.

Funding and Partnerships

This project is currently funded through a combination of State NRM and funding obtained through SWCC from the Australian Government.

Project future
  • Four sustainable gardening workshops will be held in 2014 – keep an eye out in local media and on our Facebook page for details
  • Garden assessments for properties adjoining priority waterways
  • Development of a Bay OK Garden Guide
  • Development of an online virtual Bay OK Garden
  • Development of a gardener self-assessment tool to determine if your garden is Bay OK
  • GeoCatch is seeking partnership opportunities with local developers to assist new residents create Bay OK Gardens