The revegetation plan has been designed to group plants in Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) or 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 transitions from Coast Banksia Woodland at the river edge through to Saltmarsh further inland.
The design includes more than 320 plant species, some existing in several of the EVC areas. Click to see the list of plant species in each:
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).