Tree change for park

Joining the neighbourhood planting day at Harry Bridle Park were Michael Salmon, Matty Zmitko, George Joannides, Khotso Mahlangu, Catherin Salmon, Tobias Zmitko and Aaron Bollmann. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d442363
Joining the neighbourhood planting day at Harry Bridle Park were Michael Salmon, Matty Zmitko, George Joannides, Khotso Mahlangu, Catherin Salmon, Tobias Zmitko and Aaron Bollmann. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d442363

The neighbourhood planting day was funded with the help of a $7000 City of Melville Robin Hood grant, which was used to buy 2500 seedlings and six large marri saplings in the hope they would entice the return of local birdlife to the park.

Organiser Zoe Zmitkova said the park was largely a dusty, barren, stormwater drain fringed with a few mature trees and the local community was looking to change that.

�The block is tended as parkland, but it has a dusty, empty depression in its centre which is the site of three bubble-up overflow drain outlets,� she said.

�It isn�t reticulated and in summer the whole thing dries out completely: it�s a bit of an eyesore.

�All this barren land is a magnificent, blank canvas for revegetation and a great opportunity to give something back to the birds which we�ve taken so much from.

�We�re building a long-term bird study of the park which can plot the impact of transforming a storm water drain into native bird habitat; we hope our study might inspire other councils and neighbourhoods to reclaim nooks and crannies which could be returned to patches of bush.�