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New trees beautify Sanatorium Lake

Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Autumn is looking even more beautiful in Macedon Regional Park following the planting of 14 Linden trees at the Sanatorium Lake picnic area.

The trees were planted by volunteers from the Friends of Macedon Regional Park and Parks Victoria staff during a community working bee in April.

Last year, a section of the picnic area was cleared of invasive Poplars, a woody weed that had been outcompeting other vegetation and creating a monoculture that was reducing habitat for native fauna. Native vegetation is now beginning to reappear in the cleared space, alongside the newly planted trees.

Linden trees, a leafy non-invasive species, were chosen in recognition of the significant European trees of the area and their suitability in growing harmoniously with the native forests of the Macedon Ranges.

The newly planted trees are set to add another dash of colour among the park’s striking autumn palette, which is currently drawing many visitors to the region.

Quotes attributable to Angelo Keratianos, Ranger Team Leader, Parks Victoria:

“It’s exciting to complete the final phase of a year-long program of works to beautify this section of the regional park.”

“We undertake such works to ensure that invasive species – both plant and animal – don’t encroach on the environmental and natural values of our parks.”

“While the cleared section initially looked stark, today we can see the area responding and look forward to how attractive it will be for people to enjoy.”

“The Friends of Macedon Regional Park have again come together with their usual generous spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to helping the park reach its potential.”

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