On the weekend I crossed the new bridge over the Cooks River from Beaman Park to Marrickville Golf Course. I last wrote about this bridge here – http://bit.ly/1LUiqrA
I must say that this wide bridge is a boon for the community. It fits cyclists & pedestrians with ease & the flat non-slip surface is great. It will allow people, especially cyclists, to take a short cut along the road through the Marrickville Golf Course & into Marrickville. They may even feel inclined to stop for a drink at the Marrickville Golf Club, which also has live jazz band playing on Sunday afternoons.
Marrickville Council has done great landscaping work around the bridge exit & surrounds. The area directly at the end of the bridge has been sloped to create a garden bed that has been planted with native grasses. The bed itself has been covered in jute webbing to stabilize the soil. It is biodegradable, so also improves soil. On one side are the mangroves & on the other side three Casuarina trees have been planted.
The path from the bridge exit takes a curve left & arcs around to the right taking you towards the Club & the road out of the Golf Course. The arc has been planted with eleven native plants that look like they will form a hedge one day. The garden under the trees has been expanded & transformed into what will hopefully become a lush area. I counted something like twenty-four new shrubs here. An old tree stump has been retained & there are plants growing out of the top. A retaining wall has also been installed.
Carry on up the path & you come to five advanced new trees planted in a row along the fence line. I think they are a eucalypt species making the total of eight new trees in this location & all native. The wildlife will be happy.
I am really happy that Council has removed the grass around the trunk of the veteran Fig, installed metal edging & added mulch. It not only looks good, but will also be great for the tree because the need to spray the grass with glyphosate or the use of whipper-snippers will be removed. Plus the mulch adds nutrients to the soil & offers habitat for a range of insects amongst other benefits. This tree needed this kind of attention.
What is also good is that the concrete path has been taken to a storage garage near the bridge & another area beside this building has been compacted with clay & sand to create a firm area. If I remember correctly, this area would become filled with puddles after rain.
I am also pleased that the dirt path that runs alongside the river towards Dulwich Hill has been left natural. I think it is important that there be somewhere along the river that people can walk that is not a concrete path. This path is away form the golfers, so does not causes anyone any problems.
Within six months the landscaping around the bridge will really start showing the improvement & I am confident that it will look lovely.