Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lagoon Reserve: 4th annual planting day

I find it endlessly fascinating and delightful to know that this popular Reserve was once the Sandridge Lagoon. After some years of white settlement, the lagoon became a stinking, fetid place used for dumping wastes. It was gradually filled in. Aerial photos from the '30s show a bare, treeless open space - a far cry from the abundant lagoon recalled by Liardet's daughter Josephine: 'The lagoon was covered with wild ducks and in the trees were cockatoos, plovers, pigeons.' Join neighbours, City of Port Phillip staff and the St Kilda Indigenous Nursery to plant the Esplanade West edge between 10 and 12 on Saturday 21 May and continue to strengthen the landscaping with the introduction of more plants indigenous to our area.

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