The revegetation plan has been designed to include the plant communities which would have existed within 5 km at the time of European settlement, that is in the South Melbourne and Port Melbourne areas and along the Yarra to the city. Its aim is to provide an ecology of mixed species which will be resilient to climate change, attract a wide range of birds and insects, and minimise the requirement for ongoing maintenance. Increasing the vegetative mass will also capture carbon and help reduce the heat island of central Melbourne.
Each planting area has been assigned a plant community appropriate to its soil, exposure and topography and changes from Coast Banksia Woodland plant communities at the river edge through Saltmarsh, Open Woodland, Grasslands to Red Gum Woodland further inland.
The design includes more than 300 plant species, some existing in several of the plant communities.
Coast Banksia Woodland 75 species
Heath 133 species
Saltmarsh 32 species
Grassy Open Woodland 92 species
Grassy wetland 50 species
Grassland 74 species
Riparian scrub 63 species
Red Gum Woodland 115 species
At present about half of the plants are raised in the Friends’ on site nursery from local seed and the remainder sourced locally from the St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Cooperative (SKINC).