The stretch between Coburg to Batman Station contains some of the most exciting and well developed permaculture gardening on the shared path. Great inspiration to keep going.
At this stage, we are aware of four gardening initiatives in this section of the Upfield Urban Forest. The first is a triangular patch just north of Bell St with some eucalyts, the second is Emma's tract of blackwoods, just south of O'Hea St. Then we get to Sarah and crew's Stock St Garden on the west side of trainline south of Batman Station and the stretch along the bike path south of Batman Station now known as "Rani's Patch".
Our local gardeners here are truly inspirational...Rani the head gardener is assisted by a neighbourhood of wonderful folk. Thanks to Rani and her enthusiastic assistants (many of whom are children) "Rani's Patch" now has a beautiful park bench. If you pick your season right, you can sit and contemplate the state of the world while feasting on delicious mulberrys. In addition to the mulberry tree, there are banana plants, plum, apples, loquats, broadbeans, bikes with pots, free the refugee signs, geraniums and an assortment of blackwoods and a shee oak....totally gorgeous work! Watch out, a free library is on its way!
On 1 April 2017 Rani, Emma, Jane and Alex organised a weeding and mulching blitz. The day was totally awesome and Rani and some of the now grown up kids that she has cared for (and inspired) cooked the most incredible feast for the weeding crew. We're all coming back....that's for sure!
Bikes and plants are beautiful.