Our revegetation plan uses 300 locally indigenous plant species in 10 distinct ‘sandbelt’ plant communities that broadly existed within 5km of Melbourne CBD at the time of European settlement. They include coast banksia, redgum woodland, grassy wetlands, salt marsh, riparian scrub, heath, Moonah woodlands, etc, as appropriate for the soil, exposure and topography.
The area that is now the Park was once low scrubby flats, sandy ridges and marsh but a variety of soils was brought in from elsewhere and shaped into lakes and hills so restoring only the original vegetation was not appropriate. Our aims are to:
- create an ecology of mixed species which will be resilient to climate change
- establish a natural mix of tall trees, large shrubs, an understory of wildflowers, grasses, ground covers, and climbers and a rich diversity of wetland plants
- ensure the survival of rare and endangered plants
- attract a wide range of fauna
- minimise the requirement for ongoing maintenance
- increase the vegetative mass to capture carbon and help reduce the heat island of central Melbourne
- provide a seed bank for use by indigenous plant nurseries
- show the great beauty of locally indigenous species and how successful they can be in local conditions, encouraging more park managers, local governments and individuals to use them in their green spaces.
At present about half of the plants in the Park were raised in the Friends’ on site nursery from local seed, the remainder sourced locally from the St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Cooperative.
See the pages below for alphabetically listed plants illustrated by photos.