‘Blank canvas’ gains over 100 trees

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

A large Grovedale reserve, described by one resident as a 'blank canvas', has recently received a makeover with over 100 new trees planted.

The planting which includes Oaks, Pines, Eucalypts and Figs has been completed in the reserve between Mulholland Crescent and the railway line in Grovedale and will serve to screen the park and residents of Mulholland Crescent from the line.

These canopy tree specimens will grow to create shade and give character and beauty to the once empty reserve. Whilst the current planting project is complete, it leaves plenty of room on the reserve for other activities and for potential further community infrastructure or additional planting.

The City’s Parks and Gardens team has also overseen the planting of an avenue of street trees in nearby Rossack Drive. This planting project will add shade and amenity to Rossack Drive, increasing the beauty of the street and adding value to properties.

The beautification of the reserve and adjoining street come at the same time as state government works have commenced on a major upgrade to the nearby Waurn Ponds station which will include a second platform, more than 90 new car parking spaces and a new accessible pedestrian overpass and additional CCTV and lighting. 

Cr Stephanie Asher, Mayor:

I welcome this extensive planting program in Grovedale. It’s in line with the City’s Urban Forest Strategy and the new trees will improve the look, feel and liveability of the area.

Trees are valuable assets for our community and we know that they have a strong positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

Cr Anthony Aitken, Chair, Parks, Gardens and City Services portfolio:

This fantastic project will improve liveability for Grovedale residents and provide welcome shade to the park and surrounding homes.

I hope that the Grovedale community enjoys watching these young trees grow into mature specimens that will provide lots of shade and beauty for present and future generations.

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