Creeklands Flora – Our Objectives
As custodians of the Creeklands, our objectives, working with Council and Melbourne Water, are to:
- Manage the remnant natural vegetation in the parks. This extends from the indigenous grasses to our magnificent canopy trees.
- Undertake regeneration projects where weeds are removed and replaced by locally sourced indigenous vegetation and by plants from the “seed bank” in the soil.
- Maintain “good” areas in the park through weeding and occasional in-fill planting.
- Encourage the community residing in our park corridor to plant and weed compatibly. Because our park is very narrow in places, the park relies on its neighbours to buffer and extend the park a little for people, fauna and flora.
Ideally, the park would eventually regenerate naturally.
What are “Indigenous” Plants
- “Indigenous” plants or flora are the plants that grew naturally in the area before European settlement. Since the late 1800s, most of Blackburn had been cleared for housing, flower growing, orchards, poultry and other farming – though there are remnants of the original bushland in the area, including within our park.
- Indigenous vegetation attracts and supports indigenous wildlife such as the birds, butterflies, mammals and amphibians you may see and hear. All this makes for the wonderful, almost spiritual, bush environment we enjoy today in the middle of suburbia.
Where do our plants come from?
- There are some wonderful volunteers who collect seed from indigenous plants locally and work in the local Bungalook and Greenlink nurseries to propagate plant stock. This is where most of the plants we plant out in working bees come from.
- Smaller amounts are provided by Council from its nursery and from members of our team who do more limited propagation work.
What is the Indigenous Flora?
In documenting our flora, we have adopted a policy of trying not to replicate the good work of other local organisations. Two excellent guides to the flora of Whitehorse (a superset of our own flora) are already available:
- The first is the Indigenous Gardening in Whitehorse guide which is ideally suited to the home-gardener. It was published by the City of Whitehorse in 2016 with assistance from the Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society, the local nurseries (Bungalook and Greenlink) and incorporates material from nearby municipalities . There are hardcopy and online versions available.
- The second, called Plant Indigenous – a guide for Whitehorse is more technical and complete in its coverage – but is out of print . It was published by the Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society and the City of Whitehorse in 2000. It can be downloaded on-line here. Beware, it is a 20MB file – but well worth the wait!
Nevertheless, we have compiled a set of our Favourite Flora that have been featured in the Plant of the Month segment of our monthly web news. Because we tend to feature flowering plants visible from the walking tracks, there is a bias to flowering mid-storey flora. We’ve organized these by month to help you identify something looking nice that you’ve seen in the park.
Unfortunately, weeds are also part of the local flora. The Indigenous Gardening in Whitehorse guide contains information on local weeds. Information is also published on-line at the Whitehorse Council’s web site as follows:
- Weed Trees and Shrubs (“Woody Weeds”)
- Weed Climbers and Scramblers
- Weed Herbs, Grasses and Bulbs
- Myrtle Rust
Analogous to our Favourite Flora, we’ve compiled a page of our Worst Weeds that have been featured in the Weed of the Month segment of our monthly web news. We’ve also organized these by month to help you identify something that you may have seen in the park.