AN UNLOVED and underutilised corner of the city is in the midst of a facelift as locals transform it into a haven for native wildlife.
Environmentally-conscious community members got their hands dirty at the piece of parkland on the corner of Fitzroy and Raglan streets at the weekend with the support of Tamworth Regional Council.
Local Penny Milson said while it will be nice to walk by and see some shrubbery, the focus of the planting was to provide a safe habitat for flora and fauna.
"The idea is the more diversity the better in terms of supporting local biodiversity, and having it in a clump means native species can be protected and hide," she said.
"So whether that be an echidna, a blue-tongue lizard or a bird we have created a home for them."
As part of the partnership with council, the flora will be maintained for two years, while community members that opted to 'adopt' a tree or bush will be responsible for making sure it is looked after.
Councillor Helen Tickle, who was a strong supporter of the project and was herself at the event shovel in hand, said the updated scenery would make a great addition the area.
"We've just created a neighbourhood peaceful place for people to come and enjoy, and council is very pleased to support any projects in growing native trees," she said.
"And we have commitment here from the neighbourhood to maintain these for two years minimum until they're well established, so we're very pleased."
Ms Milson wants people to rethink what they put in their gardens, encouraging them to plant natives as opposed to things like rose bushes, which while pretty, require a lot of water and offer little to wildlife.
The likes of dianella, basket grass, spider flower and old man salt bush were planted on the day.
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