Part of the ongoing program to preserve the country lane character of Bickleigh Vale Road and Edna Walling Lane as originally envisaged by Edna Walling is the renewal of senescent trees and shrubs as they die and are removed. Replacements do not necessarily have to be with the same species; the aim should always be to retain Edna Walling’s vision for a country lane.
With this in mind, and supported by Yarra Ranges Council who provided the trees, three replacements of large trees which had been removed in recent years were planted during the working bee.
Replacement of Acacia Howitti (Sticky Wattle) with Acacia Melanoxylon (Blackwood) at the corner of Bickleigh Vale Road and Edna Walling Lane
Replacement of Quercus Coccifera (Kermes Oak) with Quercus Rubra (Red Oak) in Bichleigh Vale Rd near the boundary between The Shielan and Hurst
Replacement of Pinus Muricata (Bishop Pine) with Pinus Pinea (Stone Pine) at the corner of Bickleigh Vale Rd and Pembroke Rd outside Hurst
A busy community at work! Replenishing the community mulch heap, weeding and pruning, cleaning leaves and debris from the roadside gutters, clearing the culverts (particularly that troublesome one outside Downderry) and filling in potholes.
The recent routine maintenance, topping replacement and grading of the Bickleigh Vale Road northern end turning circle and Edna Walling Lane presented some specific problems of concern to residents who met to agee what will be done to address those problems. We then met on-site with Ian Pearson from the Shire to agree on the following resolution plan:
1. General Discussion and Advice from Ian
Ian’s Bickleigh Vale Rd turning circle proposals were agreed to by the residents
Ian’s Edna Walling Lane proposals were agreed to by the residents
Friends of Edna Walling at Bickleigh Vale Village