Coming in May:
VERGEFEST! is a roaming street festival and celebration of people-centred street design, DIY sustainable living, and community action.
The festival will be spread across verges and backyard gardens from West End to Highgate Hill on the 25th of May starting at 10am and stretching into the evening.
Verge Garden Working Bees,
Public Fruit Trees,
Talks and Sessions,
and Garage Sales.
Join the cycle tour or make your own way around.
ORDER OF EVENTS
-A full programme and map will be released in mid-May-
This event is an experiment in decentralised organisation! You are welcome to host your own mini-event on the day. Please message us at Green the Street if you would like to be added to the day’s calendar – or if you would like to help out.
Coming in August:
Green the Street will be returning in 2019 to Gregory Terrace at the EKKA showcasing the future of the Green Street. If you have an innovation that you think would work well, get in touch with the planning team!
THE EKKA 2018
Green the Street was a popular addition to the Flower and Garden Precinct at EKKA 2018. The street activation consisted of 4 different sections demonstrating how Gregory Terrace might look in the future. The first of these zones was a tech hub with Australia’s first electric bike sharing hub BYKKO, a Queensland University Engagement booth, an interactive art wall for visitors to paint and draw their vision of the future on and a virtual reality booth showcasing Gregory Terrace in 2043.
The second and third sections featured an urban park with manicured lawns and art walls and an urban ‘rainforest’ full of dense canopy trees, hanging plants, with art interwoven into the built portion of the display. Finally the last section featured an urban agriculture hub full of bees, edibles and orchard trees as well as an innovative self watering apartment green wall system.
Over 30 organisations took part in the pilot in 2018 and it is expected that this number will increase in 2019. The expanded reach ensures that the EKKA retains relevancy into coming decades and with a soft-focus on sustainability will cater to a growing public demand to understand sustainability initiatives and what they look like. The street effectively brings a new demographic to the EKKA, expanding the EKKA’s reach to designers, artists, architects and innovators keen to be part and see the street.
We broke the future street into three different parts to demonstrate how we could easily include the likes of urban agriculture, honey bees, electric bikes and colourful street furniture into our streets while asking visitors what they wanted our future cities to be like. We also asked the visiting public at the EKKA to show us what they thought the street could be and have been bringing their visions to life since then.
Verge Plantings 2018:
Most verges are mono-cultures of turf, un-used, sad and boring pieces of land in front of properties that feature a footpath or postie route. Recently however people have been taking to the streets of Brisbane to reclaim these spaces. New council guidelines explain that you can now in fact plant out a certain depth into the verge from your property, essentially treating it like a mini garden.
Around Brisbane verges that feature edibles, scented plants, ecology corridors, mini libraries and more are popping up. To find them check out our map at (coming soon!)
If you are interested in hosting or joining one of our planting parties get in touch through facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenthestreet/ or