Recently I received an email telling me about what appears to be community planting along the bicycle route in Stanmore, so we took off on our bikes to have a look.
The route takes you off Crystal Street, down York Crescent, into a path along the railway line & then out into Gordon Crescent. Then you come into something rare in this municipality – a wide strip of grass lined with mature trees. The space is like a long pocket park.
It is here that someone has been busy planting a mix of shrubs along the roadside in-between the lovely stretch of trees & also along the cyclone fence that borders the railway line. Some vines have also been planted along the fence.
I always think it is great when I see planting done by the community. Verge gardens interest & often delight me. Most street planting adds beauty as far as I am concerned & shows care toward the environment.
This particular work has the potential to create a very nice pocket of green that could double up nicely as a place of respite. It is intermittently noisy around here because of the planes & trains, but cars are few. There are many parks in Marrickville LGA that just as noisy.
Eventually the vines will screen off the railway line. I can well imagine sitting here reading in the shade of the trees if I lived close by.
So I thank whoever is working on this patch knowing that it can be a considerable cost to buy plants & then the effort required to look after them. With all the development due to happen in Marrickville municipality, green spaces like this one will increase in importance.