Chemical-free weed treatment in prominent bush-play area, provided just in time to stop Nettle stings for children in lockdown.July 2020
Gresswell Forest Nature Play Area is located in the suburb of Watsonia, in Melbourne’s north-east. It is a remnant patch of bushland, with a series of nature play experiences amongst a lush bush setting, where children can hunt for wildflowers, collect feathers, climb trees and discover the local wildlife. Due to its popularity and close proximity to surrounding homes, the habitat hosts many children throughout the year.
Our brief was to safely remove Stinging Nettles quickly and effectively, without shutting down the area for a long period of time, and by only using a non-chemical approach. Giving children a place to play and explore again while in Covid-19 lockdown.
Acacia has been selected as the revegetation company to complete the first two of Melbourne
Water’s exciting Reimagining Your Creekline Projects. The selection was based on capacity,
demonstrated safety on previous projects including Merri Creek and Dandenong Valley Parkland.
In 2018, Acacia Environmental Management was contracted to install bird exclusion netting and plant approximately 60,000 plants atBrushy Creek Wetland in Wonga Park. After a failed planting projects within the wetland, Acacia was contracted to design, construct and install four nets equating to approximately 50,000m2. The large scale of the netting structures required innovative design and construction techniques to provide a high quality product.
Acacia was engaged to develop a vegetation management plan for their client, Parks Victoria, containing a set of priority management areas and actions that collated previous research, community-based knowledge and regulatory requirements into a single document.This was to cover all three reserves within the local cluster of open space under single management.
Acacia was approached by Melbourne Water to implement on-ground works to establish a native vegetation profile, in support of their goals. These included: Establishing ‘wet habitat’ to cater for and heavily expand existing flora attract new fauna; the planting of an adapted urban forest and groundcover to combat the urban heat island effect and to establish an aesthetic, healthy place for people to enjoy.
Since 2018, Acacia has provided a range of environmental services to The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT)across the River Red Gum Parkland site.
Due to the success of our works, the partnership continues. Read about what Acacia implemented in stage one and the services that we offer below: