Protecting Trees during the Level Crossing Removal Process

Campaign to save our urban wildlife habitat

Upfield Urban Forest and a number of other groups in Moreland are running a campaign to save as much of the vegetation around the trainline during the Skyrail process as possible. While we want to protect as many trees and plants as possible, our priority are the big old trees around Moreland and Coburg Stations.

These trees are a critical part of our urban community, providing much needed shade, bird and bee habitat.  They shade paths and picnic areas.  They provide a sense of calm and tranquillity so needed in urban environments. They are decades old, some half a century if not more.  Replacing trees like this will take many, many decades as droughts and heat increase.  Once they are gone, many of us won’t see trees like this in these spaces in our lifetimes.  In light of the UN’s recent report on the dire issue of species extinction throughout the world, the protection of urban wildlife habitat is all the more pressing.

How can you help?

  1. Come to a meeting at Coburg Library on 25 May 2019 from 1-3pm run by Moreland Community for Action on Transport.

  2. Come the LXRA info sessions Saturday 25 May 10:00am to 12:30pm, Tuesday 28 May 5:00pm to 7:30pm Admiral Room, Batman Royale,14 Gaffney Street, Coburg North

  3. Write to/ring as many politicians as you can:

    ·      Call and email the Transport Minister Jacinta Allan - ph (03) 8392 6100; email

    ·      Contact your federal ALP member Peter Khalil Phone: (03) 9350 5777;

    ·      Contact upper house ALP members for the northern metro region

    o   Jenny Mikakos - ph 9462 3966; -

    o   Nazih Elasmar - ph 9456 9244;

  4. Sign a community petition:

  5. Sign a petition set up by Tim Read’s office

  6. Buy a save Gandolfo Gardens T-shirt

  7. Keep checking for updates on this website about what’s happening and join our mailing list.

  8. Be creative, do chalk drawing about the trees, paint banners for the train stations.

  9. Contact us if you are happy to leaflet your neighbourhood.

  10. Dream about what you would like to see in the open spaces created by the skyrail…..frog ponds? Native grasses and flowers? Trees? Bike paths? Bubblers? Green walls? Walking paths? Bee hives? Tree hollows? Orchards? Community gardens?

We’ve written a letter to Minster Jacinta Allen detailing our concerns which you can download here.

You can download our submission to LXRA here.

Its time to get politically active on Climate Change

Enough is enough….we’re doing everything we personally can to stop carbon emissions….we plant trees, we ride our bikes, we catch public transport, those of us who can have solar panels on our roofs, many of us are vegan or vegetarian, we buy from local farmer’s markets, we compost, recycle…but we all know this is not enough.

We are facing an emergency.

We need our Parliament to act now to address the emergency facing our planet or or we will face mass species extinction and mass starvation. These things are already happening in parts of our world. Unless our Parliament acts now, the future will not be a safe place for any of us.

On the other hand, if in the next 10 years our Parliament acts to legislate the changes we need, exciting things lie ahead for us.

We at the Upfield Urban Forest are working out strategies to get politically active. One of the steps we are taking is to start holding conversations in our homes with each other about climate change and what we can do together. These awesome and exciting conversations will be facilitated by Climate For Change

If you are interested, make sure you are on our mailing list so we can contact you.

And thank you!

Beneficial Fungi

You've heard of the world wide web...yeah sure...but what of the wood wide web? 

Well...this is exciting stuff.  Did you know that plants can form a symbiotic relationship with fungi that allows them to communicate with other plants?  Did you know that these fungi can send water and nutrients to plants in exchange for sugars in a way that dramatically assists them to survive drought and poor soil?  Do you know that this leads to increased carbon sequestration?

As foresters working in very bad soil conditions...we need to have a go planting with these fungi to see it it can help our work...

I've just ordered a batch of mycorrhiza from MAI Australia .  I know that Diggers also sells these amazing creatures. 

I'll report back on progress.... but let us know your experience and suggestions with creating a wood-wide-web....too!

Work day Sunday 9 October 2016

Hi Everyone,


Friends of Upfield Linear Park (FULP) is having a Beautification Day at Brunswick Railway Station followed by a Planning Session - please see details below.


What: FULP Beautification Day

When: Sunday 9 October, 9:30-11am

Where: Brunswick Train Station


We will be checking the plants planted a few weeks ago, doing some maintenance work and celebrating all your efforts! I imagine the plants would have loved this most recent rain, helping them settle in to their new home ️


Please come along and remember to bring your gloves.


What: FULP Planning Session

When: Sunday 9 October, 11am-12:30pm

Where: Ray Cafe, 332 Victoria St, Brunswick


We've had some people reach out from other train stations along the Line and keen to see how we can help with their visioning. So it would be great to get some next steps down for the group.


Hope to see you Sunday.



Friends of Upfield Linear Park



Lenka Thompson

0435 786 377

Planting at Anstey and Brunswick Stations

Over the course of about 4 hours on Sunday 11 September extraordinary thing happened...a swarm of enthusiastic individuals collected rubbish, weeded, lay down newspaper and mulch and planted a whole set of beautiful little is a list of what when in!

Paul Kelly and Uncle Kev Carmody know a thing or two....From little things, big things grow.....can't wait to watch them grow....


Acacia acinacea                                                      20

Acacia melanoxylon                                             8

Brachyscome basaltica                                      35

Carpobrotus modestus                                      6

Chrysocephalum apiculatum                            12

Chrysocephalum semipapposum                   12

Clematis microphylla                                           16

Correa reflexa                                                        12

Corymbia maculata                                              6

Dicantheum sericeum                                         22

Dodonia viscosa                                                     8

Einadia nutans                                                        14

Enchylaena tomentosa                                       16 

Eucalyptus leucoxylon                                        1

Eucalyptus torquata                                             1

Lomandra longilfolia                                            25

Nicotiana suaveolenis                                         18

Pelargonium austral                                             14

Poa labillardieri                                                      50

Senna artemisiodes                                             15

Wahlenbergia communis                                   20

331 plants



Acacia acinacea                                                      18

Acacia melanoxylon                                             10

Brachyscome basaltica                                        22

Carex appressa                                                      8

Carpobrotus modestus                                      6

Chrysocephalum apiculatum                            10

Chrysocephalum semipapposum                   10

Clematis microphylla                                           12

Correa reflexa                                                        21

Corymbia maculata                                              6

Dianella admixta                                                    20

Dicantheum sericeum                                         20

Einadia nutans                                                        12

Enchylaena tomentose                                      36

Eucalyptus polyanthemos                                 1

Eucalyptus torquata                                             2

Ficinia nodosa                                                         8

Lomandra longilfolia                                            48

Nicotiana suaveolenis                                       6

Pelargonium austral                                             12

Senna artemisiodes                                             10

Solanum laciniatum                                              3

Wahlenbergia communis                                   14

301 plants

We'll get images of these plants up and on the website one of these days.

Amazing work everyone!

Planting Day on 11 September 10-12am



Sunday 11 September, 10am - 12pm

Brunswick Train Station

We will be following on from the work conducted a couple of weeks ago with more weeding, mulching, planting and watering. There is an absolutely wonderful habitat being created at this location, if you're on Facebook, check out some of the gorgeous photos and stories from the previous Planting Day.




Sunday 11 September, 10am - 12pm

Anstey Train Station

We will be focusing on the eastern side of the railway line garden bed, trimming bushes, weeding, mulching, planting and watering. This one will be breaking new ground, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the outcome of this one.

At each station we will have an expert sharing their knowledge about weeds and natives, so we make sure the goodies are kept in the ground. There will be mulch delivered to each site and it is hoped we'll have a good number of hands helping out across both stations - each has about 400 plants to get in the ground so there's plenty of work to do.


Thanks for being a part of the beautification of the Upfield Line - your time and commitment is what makes it all worthwhile.


Remember those gloves.



The FULP Team.

Interested in getting involved in planting?

Next Meeting

On Sunday 28 August 2016 a group of people interested in talking about planting/work around Anstey Train Station are getting together at Steam Junkies at 10am (the Commons).

Sunday 28 August, 10 - 11am

Steam Junkies

7 Florence St, Brunswick

The Anstey crew are keen to talk and share knowledge about the Anstey Station project and environs.

Next Planting Day

Planting Day - Brunswick Train Station

Sunday 11 September

10am - 12pm

Please bring gloves!