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Herman Pump 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
A reserve with strange name, but not a strange reserve
Reserve entrance
The entrance from Royal Avenue.

Herman Pump Reserve is a linear reserve. It is quite narrow as it winds past bordering houses, but widens out at the Royal Avenue end where there is a small playground.

Play ground
The small playground.

The wide single path is sealed asphalt and very level as it gently meanders through well-maintained grass areas and stands of mature trees and low bushes in designated mulched areas. It would be easy going for wheelchairs.

People on pathway
Local residents on an afternoon walk.

The reserve is named after Herman Pump a Danish immigrant (1874-1954) who purchased 50 acres of land in the area in 1896 and established an orchard, growing mainly apples.

The wide path and vegetation.

Because of its location, the main beneficiaries of this reserve would be local residents and their children. In the wider area near Royal Avenue were two small tepee type structures made from lengths of wood which no doubt were pretend tents.

Stick tent.
One of the tepee type structures.

A surprising sight was a small cleared area among ground cover where two bench seats played host to a variety of plastic toys. More pretend adventures for the local junior folk.

A secret garden?

Many birds were heard, but the only ones sighted was a noisy miner and an unidentified (to me) parrot hiding in the uppermost branches of a tall tree.

Noisy Miner
A noisy miner nicely posed on a bare branch.

The hiding parrot.

Although no wildflowers were noted a wattle tree was ready to burst into brilliant yellow colour, with some of the lower branches already there.

A splash of colour.

This is a very well maintained reserve, a credit to the Maroondah City Council who maintain all the parks and reserves in their jurisdiction.

Some of the tall trees in a mulched area.

They produce a brochure which lists 61 parks & paths in the Maroondah Council area and brief details of the facilities in each one. The brochure is obtainable from any of the council offices.

There are no facilities in the reserve, apart from the two half-man sized tepees, but the Heathmont shopping strip is nearby with toilets and many eateries.
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Where: Herman Pump Reserve, Between Royal Avenue & Tagell Road, Heathmont. Melways Map 50 B.11
Cost: Free
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