Lawson St Reserve, Moonee Ponds – Upgraded & Replanted
A 2016 Community Grant from the Moonee Valley Council to FoMPC has seen a little known, little used patch of land behind residences in Lawson and Montague Sts, Moonee Ponds and adjacent to the Creek upgraded and replanted. The reserve is accessed via a narrow lane off Lawson St. The program of works included removal of an obsolete wire mesh fence and replacement with a line of bollards, removal of exotic trees and shrubs and extensive replanting with native plants from the Creek vegetation palette with the aim of increasing the biodiversity and habitat value of the reserve. The upgrade will also provide a pleasant place for local residents to enjoy. The project was a great community effort, with Moonee Valley Conservation Programs officers, Green Army teams, FoMPC members and local residents all participating. Local resident Albert Glass, aged 95, came to inspect the new plantings; he had planted the large tree in the Reserve way back in the 1970s.
These photos show the progress of works over the three months of the project.
Albert Glass and the first tree planted at the reserve
Lawson Street Reserve map
‘Before’ photo with old wire mesh fence
‘Before’ photo of Lawson St Reserve
New planting of Silky Blue Grass
New bollards installed
The success of the community planting day