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Residential Gardens

Private gardens managed by private landholders.



Urban Ecosystems


What ecosystem functions do residential gardens perform?


Residential gardens are often multi-functional providing areas for crop production, recreation and supporting habitats for species.


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Table 1 below presents the relative magnitude residential gardens perform different ecosystem functions (relative to other ecosystems) in SEQ.


Table 1:The relative magnitude (to other Ecosystem Reporting Categories) residential gardens perform each ecosystem function.

Ecosystem Function Category Ecosystem Function 0
Regulating Functions
Gas Regulation            
Climate Regulation            
Disturbance Regulation            
Water Regulation            
Soil Retention            
Nutrient Regulation            
Waste Treatment and Assimilation            
Biological Control            
Barrier Effect of Vegetation            
Supporting Functions
Supporting Habitats            
Soil Formation            
Provisioning Functions
Raw Materials            
Water Supply            
Genetic Resources            
Provision of Shade and Shelter            
Pharmacological Resources            
Cultural Functions
Landscape Opportunity            


What types of residential gardens are in SEQ?


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What is the area and extent of residential gardens in SEQ?


Small residential gardens also provide important places for species and people.

The Land for Wildlife program brings together like-minded landholders to share skills and knowledge about nature conservation.

Links to other publications and websites

Birds in Backyards
Biodiversity in your Backyard
Land for Wildlife
Qld Council of Garden Clubs
Garden Clubs of Australia

Residential garden ecosystems cover approximately 2 096 km2, 8.34% of SEQ. This map shows major areas of residential gardens can be found around Brisbane, Ipswich, Beenleigh, Redcliffe, Maroochydore, Blackbutt and the City of Gold Coast. This map highlights the residential development areas along the coast of SEQ and the growing western corridor towards Toowoomba.


What is the vulnerability of residential gardens and threats to this ecosystem in SEQ?


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How do we manage residential gardens in SEQ?


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