This for me is the pick of the sites because it has a great mix of open grassy areas and shrubs, and some of the trees are getting pretty big now, too. I love it best early in the day or late in the afternoon when the light is filtered and the shadows are long. – Deb
The Pigott St site is practically a continuation of Hoskins Park in Dulwich Hill. Only a wire mesh fence and the stormwater channel that becomes Hawthorne Canal separate the two.
The site measures about 80m by 20m and is bounded by the light rail line, the stormwater channel, Davis St bridge and some houses on the southeast boundary.
It is RailCorp land but Marrickville Council is licensed to use it and IWEG works there under the council’s auspices.
The Pigott St site was planted with about 50 local-provenance species when it was established in May 2004.
Fortunately, the site has no overhead transmission lines so we have been able to plan several tree species, including Grey Ironbark (Eucalyptus paniculata), Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus fibrosa) and the iconic Turpentine (Syncapria glomulifera).
Native grasses and shrubs are now starting to self seed, but there is still a lot of work to be done. A significant portion of the site (and especially the Davis St embankment) is still dominated by a range of weeds and natives have not yet been established.
Volunteers enter the site through a gate at the end of Pigott St.
Challenges and opportunities
View Bushcare sites in a larger map