Friends members meet at Buckingham Reserve, usually the first Saturday of the cool months of the year. They carry out maintenance of plantings and also put in new plants. They will consider future opportunities for improving the Reserve, either for themselves to work on or for the Brimbank council to consider.
The aim of this project is to ensure that Buckingham Reserve continues to evolve into a important environmental asset for the local residents and other residents primarily in Brimbank.
Why is the project so important?
This work is important because it is part of a strategy to improve the local environment of Buckingham Reserve. This has a great deal of value in making the Reserve a haven for native birds and other native animals. With birds, native vegetation, and the creek in good condition, local and other residents have a little bit of real bush that they can easily access. Parks and Reserves in good condition such as Buckingham Reserve are highly valued when it comes to real estate prices. This is another reason our work is important.
This Projects History
The Friends Group started at Buckingham in the early 1990s and has been going continuously with support from the Brimbank Council and active volunteers. It was originally started along with other Friends groups by the local council, as a means of getting community involvement in local land assets. Interested members will meet at Buckingham Reserve around 10 am on the first Saturday of the cooler months of the year (May to September).
Our work is generally supported by the Brimbank Council, and occasional grants from organisations such as Melbourne Water, who have a mutual interest in the type of work we do. Orica and Bunnings have also been occasional supporters providing funding or supplies for our work.
What this project has achieved
Over the history of the group, there have been many thousands of trees, shrubs, grasses and other native plants put in the ground around Buckingham Reserve. Nearly every year, a Clean Up Australia Day event has been held at the Reserve, collecting on each occasion over 20 to 30 large bags of rubbish and recyclables. The number of hours spent by members in planting and maintaining the Reserve would be in excess of 80 hours per year on average.