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Alto Reserve

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 7th 2019
Alto Reserve, an alternative to a big one
This small, one hectare reserve on Alto Avenue is situated on the Wicklow Hills Ridge. It is the highest point between Melbourne and the Dandenongs.

reserve entrance
The entrance on Alto Avenue with a local resident enjoying the park bench.

The area was once a Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works reservoir. The land was purchased by the local council in 1974 when the reservoir was filled in and the reserve established.

The wide path is easy to navigate for both feet and wheels.

Just inside the entrance on Alto Avenue, a park bench faces a small grassed area before the native bush is reached. The seat is the only formal facility in the reserve.

Another section of the wide path.

The only path follows the perimeter and is compacted gravel. While it is slightly undulating, it would present little problem for wheelchairs.

Backlit native grass make interesting picture.

Most of the reserve is requested a no-go area as it is under regeneration, with much fenced off, but the short walk around the perimeter shows the diversity of flora within the reserve. In springtime, many wildflowers would be seen.

Regeneration area
The regeneration has worked.

One interesting aspect not seen in other visited parks is nesting boxes mounted in trees. Two were observed, one for possums and one for small birds, judging by the size of the entry holes.

Possum box
Home for a local possum.

Nesting box.
A bird nesting box well out of the way of predators.

Many trees have been felled and left in situ. These appear to be mainly pine trees which are not native to the area.

Fallen tree.
A felled pine tree.

One tall pine, now lying horizontally, has been cut to provide seats to any passing walker requiring a rest.

Bush seats
Chainsaw built seats.

Although small it would be an ideal short walk, or push, for the mobility impaired to enjoy some suburban bush without too much exertion.
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Where: Alto Reserve. Alto Avenue, Croydon. Melways map: 50. G.2.
Cost: Free
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