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Valley Park Drive 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 February 20th 2020
It's not in a valley
This unsigned reserve, in a relatively new housing estate, would be an asset to residents.

The wide path passes landscaped areas.

It is mainly a grassed area and a wide gravel path meanders around the perimeter inside a landscaped area on three sides.

landscaped area
Every corner is well planted.

The side next to the footpath is nicely landscaped with rocks, with mass plantings of a flowering ground cover.

mass of flowers
There were mass plantings of this ground cover.

bee on flowers
A busy bee.

A few splashes of colour stood out in the form of two yellow flowers.

yellow flower
A splash of colour.

yellow flowers
There were a few of these.

Interspersed along this area is native grass, which gives a very pleasant outlook.

native grasses
Some of the many recent plantings.

The reserve is in raised position and although the path is wide, it's a little steep in parts which would inhibit wheelchair navigation. The only facility is a very new park bench seat, just inside one of the two entry points.

park bench
One of the entry points leading to the park bench.

There are several small stands of mature gum trees throughout the reserve, giving the feeling of a long-established reserve.

gum trees
One of the stands of gum trees.

There are also several dead trees whose bare branches contrasted with the living ones. They were the only two bird species I saw.

dead tree
This tree stood out.

tree bark
Bark on old trees is always interesting.

Several magpies were seen, both on the ground and on one of the dead trees.

Magpie in tree with feather.

One very old dead tree stood out, silhouetted against a blue sky. An Indian myna kindly sat upon the very top for some time before settling on another nearby dead branch.

Indian myna
An Indian myna atop the dead tree.

Indian myna
The tree swapping Indian myna.

There have been many recent plantings of both shrubs and trees, which may one day dominate the area. Lots of native grass has been planted, which is becoming a trend in many parks and reserves.

grass plants
Grasses and rocks.

native grass
A closer look.

There is one large area of bracken ferns. These are often considered a pest but this very thick stand are very young, green and do look attractive. Sadly a couple of blackberry plants were seen.

bracken ferns
A mass of ferns.

Small reserves like this one exist as planning laws dictate that open space must be included in new housing estates.

Like most small suburban parks and reserves, there is a lot to see if you look both up and down.

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Why? Good for a stroll in the park
When: anytime
Where: Valley Park Drive, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 38. D. 12.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Perhaps you could mention that the Indian Myna is a feral pest species that is not protected by law like the small native wildlife that it drives out of our parks and that it should not be fed or encouraged in any way.
by Seamist (score: 1|71) 377 days ago
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