Underwood St Reserve Bushcare Group
This site does not have any original native plants. It was owned by the Corrimal mine and had a railway running through it. In the 70’s the line was removed and all the land sold for houses except for this small reserve, which was granted to Council with the proviso that it would never be built on. It is a grassed area with a creek running through it. Council mows the grass of the reserve, and Bushcare began in 2011 and takes place along the top of the creek and down the banks.
However, due to obvious reconstruction and/or land fill, the original creek was altered to more of a stormwater channel with steep banks on either side, and much of the soil is riddled with small gravel and railway ballast and is in poor condition. There are a few established trees on site: a gum and acacia in the SE corner, two gums in the reserve on the western side.
Most of the northern side of the creek is private land. Work has been concentrated on the southern bank so far.
Above the pipes
What is needed on the site
1. Gradually finish planting on steep banks, southern side of creek, whilst regularly removing weeds in sections already planted.
2. Minimise migration of lantana, madeira, morning glory, honeysuckle, etc. from northern banks to southern banks by regularly trimming back from creek.
3. Long term goal is to contact owner of northern bank for permission to remove weeds and plant natives once southern bank is established. Would need help from contractors for this.
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