Why does The Wildflower Corridor exist?
The vision of The Wildflower Corridor is to create a WA flora and fauna corridor throughout the urban regions of Western Australia in home gardens and relevant public spaces. The Wildflower Corridor is a representation of our amazing natural heritage, featuring the beauty, diversity, and magnificence of our plants in gardens created and cared for by our community.
We refer to the community of The Wildflower Corridor as Custodians.
History Of The Wildflower Corridor
The idea for The Wildflower Corridor came from a concern for the present situation, an awareness that it could improve and lots of conversation with our community. Hazel and Sue Dempster, as the founders of the concept behind The Wildflower Corridor, have, for the past decade, worked to create and build the connections to give life to both the idea of The Wildflower Corridor, and its physical existence.
Essentially, we had a sense of;
- Our natural environment being diminished through clearing,
- The flora and fauna heritage of West Australia being magnificent, precious and threatened, and
- Commercially motivated messages were in conflict with what it takes to achieve native gardening success.
Today, evidence of The Wildflower Corridor exists from Lancelin in the north, through Perth and as far south as Kojonup. The Wildflower Corridor will most likely never be complete, however, the journey of transition is now well underway.
The environments in which we live, work and play are each part of a native flora and fauna corridor stretching throughout Western Australia. At the heart of this vision and through connection to our unique flora is the fostering of a sense of belonging for ourselves and others.
What we grow in our homes, schools and work environments, whether in the city or in the country, has an effect on our native flora and fauna. We refer to any environment in which we live, study or work, as our “Urban Environment”.
We consider ourselves custodians of our urban environment and take personal responsibility to do what we can to create the native flora and fauna corridor. We refer to this as “The Wildflower Corridor”.
Our belonging or sense of place is affected by our environments. Presence in nature and connection to nature support our individual and collective mental well-being.
Being in an endemic natural environment with West Australian native flora and fauna promotes a sense of belonging or sense of place.
Our mission is to facilitate transformation of urban landscapes to West Australian native flora and fauna. This is being achieved through:
- Creating connected areas featuring West Australian native plants,
- Developing gardens that are fully self-sustaining,
- Creating ecological tools that support West Australian flora and fauna habitats,
- Sharing knowledge and experience about the growing of and care for West Australian native plants.
The Custodian Transition Process
Those people in our community who are committed to the development of The Wildflower Corridor are referred to as ‘custodians’. The Custodian transition process supports our custodians in the transition of their gardens, or any area of land they care for, into more sustainable, connected gardens and open spaces.
We provide workshops and programs for the general public and our custodians to share our knowledge, expertise and personal experience as a base of learning about our flora and fauna in the urban environs.
The Custodian Transition Process delivers:
- Access to skills, expertise, and experience in successfully transitioning gardens and open spaces to beautiful West Australian native flora settings:
- Access to profession, paid services as required to support all aspects of the transition when requested as a priority for Custodians,
- Support with plants, knowledge, and resources as the transition work is carried out,
- A forum for sharing the learnings and experiences of other custodians of The Wildflower Corridor with the general public,
- A shared knowledge base connected to our West Australian flora and fauna behaviors and characteristics in urban environments, and
- Highlighted, or showcased gardens and open spaces for the public to view, featuring successfully transitioned sustainable, connected and beautiful settings.