Sowing the seeds of success at Bardwell Park reserve

A Bardwell Park reserve has been transformed after media attention brought about drastic changes.

At the time Cameron Hons, who lives next door to the reserve, said it was slowly dying after trees were removed three years ago.

He had joined a bush care group which was was formed a year ago to help clear the reserve.

He said there had been a drastic change to the reserve in the last six months.

‘’I didn't expect the result would be this big,’’ he said.

‘’We started our bush care group long before the article was posted. The council left the top part abandoned until the newspaper article was published and that definitely got their attention.

‘’They came up to the site and slashed lots of overgrowing weeds the day after it was published. I've never seen them do that before.’’

He said since then council has helped slash weeds and put new plants in. 

Nest boxes have also been installed in dead tree trunks so they can become homes for native animals including birds, microbats and possums.

He said the next step would be to plant more tall trees and to get council help in carving tree hollows in the dead trees.

The Lambert Reserve bush care sessions run on the second Friday of every month. 

Residents interested in taking part can find out more by calling Bayside Council on 9562 1777.