Some streets in Yarra have enough space for a planter box on the footpath or in unused parts of the road. You also might have a garden area nearby that is suitable for a productive fruit or nut tree.
To determine if your street is suitable for a planter box or your nature strip is suitable for a productive tree, there are a few things that you need to consider:
- Pedestrian access
- Parking access
- Visibility for cyclists
- Proximity to services like parking signs, telecommunications pits, power poles, etc.
Please read our Let’s Grow Together – How to Apply for a Community Growing Space guide for more information.
What does it cost?
- There is an annual fee for all planter boxes which contributes to administration, monitoring, materials and insurance for the program.
- This fee will be outlined in the workshop and may vary depending on garden type.
- Concession rates are available and the current maximum annual fee is capped at below $60 per year.
- There is no fee for unsuccessful applications or for productive trees.
- We provide public liability insurance, but if there is a claim against the planter box you will be responsible for paying the excess.
What are my responsibilities?
- We will provide you with a planter box as part of the agreement.
- You will need to provide the soil and plants to go into the box.
- You must maintain your planter boxes and the area immediately surrounding it.
- If the planter box and the surrounding area is not maintained, your planter box may be removed.
- You will need to purchase your own productive tree.
- Our Urban Agriculture team will provide you with a list of suitable trees to choose from.
- You must maintain your productive tree and the area immediately surrounding it. This includes watering, pruning, pest control and harvesting.
- If the tree or area around it is not maintained, it may be removed.
- We provide public liability insurance, but if there is a claim against productive tree, you will be responsible for paying the excess.
How do I apply for a planter box and/or productive tree?
Attend a workshop
- You must attend a workshop before submitting your application.
- Workshops are held twice a year in March and September.
- The workshop includes detailed information on the application process as well as tips on making the most of growing in small spaces.
- Most importantly, workshops provide an opportunity to ask questions and chat to our Urban Agriculture team.
- Dates will be announced on our What's On Calendar several weeks prior to the event.
- You can also keep up to date with workshop dates and other Urban Agriculture news by signing up to our Urban Agriculture e-newsletter.
Get approval from your neighbours
- Once you have identified a suitable location for your planter box or productive tree, you need to consult with your neighbours to ensure they are happy with your plans.
- All of your neighbours within 25m of the proposed location must be consulted.
- A minimum of 85% of these neighbours must support your application for it to be approved.
- Any objections over this threshold will be considered on their merit.
Submit your application
Applications for planter boxes and productive trees can be submitted online. Follow these steps:
- Download and complete the Community growing spaces application form.
- Draw your site diagram and record approval from your neighbours using the templates included.
- Scan your application form.
- Read our application user guide to help with submitting an online application, creating a new login and setting your password.
- Check our Community Growing Spaces FAQ for answers to any questions you have while preparing your application.
- Submit your application online.
What happens next?
- You will receive an application number and it will be sent directly to our Urban Agriculture team for assessment.
- This process can take up to two months. This is because applications must be assessed by an internal panel to make sure safety and access requirements are met.
- You will be notified once your application has been processed and if approved you will be invoiced for the fee (where applicable).
- A copy of the agreement with council will be sent to you and will be valid for 12 months.
- After the 12 months, you will be contacted by us to see whether you would like to continue.
- If so, a renewal letter and invoice will be sent to you.