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F.J.C. Rogers 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 October 22nd 2019
A Suburban Surprise
Reserve sign
This is it.

This reserve is in the heart of Heathmont, between Campbell Street and the railway line. A newly constructed wide concrete path runs between the reserve and the railway, making an excellent short trip for wheelchairs, with the best display of wildflowers visible from that path.

The newly constructed path between railway and reserve.

Wild flower
One of the first seen.

The reserve is for the protection of indigenous flora and fauna. My springtime visit was rewarded with many wildflowers.

The path side of the reserve is fenced but most of the wildflowers are easily viewed from the path. Several visible signs request no dogs or picking the wildflowers, which is good advice. The path is also part of the Heathmont Rail Trail.

One of several grevilleas.

Up close is beautiful.

On the Campbell Street side, there are a couple of entry points, but most of the flowers are on the other side. There are no defined paths within the reserve, so if you enter be aware of small native plants which can be easily crushed.

These are always colourful.

Unusual, but nice.

My first visit to the reserve was just before spring and a multitude of wattle trees were in full bloom.

In full bloom.

flower buds
Just waiting to bud.

A number of currawongs noisily descended on the reserve with one kindly landing on a dead tree branch nearby. Many other birds were briefly seen and heard, but never pausing within camera range.

A touch and go landing.

At the Canterbury Road end of the reserve there is a small playground set among some tall gum trees which would provide shade on a hot day.

Play ground
The shaded play ground.

Of all the wildflower reserves that I have so far visited this would be the most prodigious, with so many specimens in a relatively small area.

Many of the same.

Looking nice.

To find so many wildflowers, virtually in the middle of suburbia, was a very pleasant surprise. No residences actually back onto the reserve which would account for no garden type flowers evident.

yellow wildflower
Yellow is bright, even in shade.

In springtime, this reserve is well worth a visit, particularly if you have children with you to observe many wildflowers at close range and not a long walk through the bush. The playground would be an added attraction.
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Where: Campbell Street Heathmont. Melways map: 50. A. 12.
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