Native havens program

Why are Native Havens important?

The plants and animals which share our City are part of what make it a great place to live and work.  Yet, with less than 7 per cent of original bushland remaining, much of the habitat managed by Council is fragmented.

By creating a native haven, you can help increase the availability of habitat, providing safe places for wildlife to feed, nest and shelter as they move through the landscape.

Whether you are lucky enough to have a big space or are limited to a balcony or a small tricky spot, we can provide advice and the right plant to boost your biodiversity.

What is the Native Havens program?

The Native Havens program was designed to help give schools and residents the skills and resources needed to improve habitat on their properties. Building your own native haven is also a fun way to learn about and engage with the plants and animals of your area.

Native havens together form a network, aiding the movement of wildlife through our suburbs by providing spaces for the protection of our native species. By working together to create native havens, you also build a greater sense of connection with community and place.

The Randwick Native Havens program provides free:

  • assistance designing and planning your garden,
  • advice on habitat features and maintenance,
  • supply of some native plants from Council’s Community Nursery

Please note: Although Council provides support and some materials, they will not undertake labour.

Consider the following additions to your space:

  • Layering and variety – Wildlife often like dense vegetation but can also benefit from variety. Plant small shrubs and ground covers underneath trees or consider how you may be able to use vertical space through addition of hanging pots.
  • Lizard lounges – Spaces for small creatures, like lizards, can be created easily by retaining rocks and logs.
  • Water sources – Water is an essential resource for all living things. Including a reliable source of drinking water which is safe from predators can be the easiest way to help support wildlife.
  • Flowers and fruits – Planting many different varieties of plants means that you can have a garden which produces food for wildlife year-round.
  • Protecting existing plants – Begin by adding habitat before you take any away. This may mean that you retain some weedy or less desirable plants until your native plants have established.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in being involved in the Native Havens program, please get in touch via

Randwick City's Native Haven Manual PDF, 8155.55 KB

Extra resources

Want to know more or get some inspiration for your own Native Haven. The following are excellent resources to help you get started or add to an existing native habitat garden:

Last Updated: 20 March 2023
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