Davis St is my favourite spot for bushcare in the hotter months because it has plenty of shade. It is also a lovely place just to sit with a cuppa during our break – you never know what birds you’ll see. – James
Work on this triangular bushcare site, which measures about 70m by 40m, started in October 2003 when a GreenCorp team planted it with native species.
It is hemmed in by the Davis St road bridge that cross the railway line at Dulwich Hill near Hoskins Park, the little stormwater channel that eventually becomes the Hawthorne Canal, and the light rail line.
It is RailCorp land but Marrickville Council is licensed to use it and IWEG works there under the council’s auspices.
Like most of the sites, it was a jungle of weeds and railway rubble before work started.
Many of the plants had matured by May 2012.
Today it is a densely planted grove of natives species, with a canopy of Grey Ironbark (Eucalyptus paniculata), Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus fibrosa), Turpentine (Syncapria glomulifera) and White Stringybark (Eucalyptus globoidea). There is also a rich understorey of grasses, wattles, hakeas, hibbertias and grasses, among other things.
Native grasses and shrubs are now starting to self seed and has become a refuge for birds, small reptiles and insects.
Lantana – definitely not a native and generally considered to be a serious weed – has been left on the site because it provides good habitat for small birds and possibly Long-nosed Bandicoots.
The lantana will be replaced by native species, but this will be done gradually to ensure habitat is not lost. In the meantime, it also helps stop other weeds taking hold.
Volunteers enter the site through a gate at the end of a cul de sac off Davis St.
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