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Victory Park landscaping to start soon

Roses blooming in Victory Park

Monday 23 July 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s parks and gardens’ team will start landscaping works in Victory Park this month to maintain the heritage values of the much loved park.

According to Parks and Gardens’ Coordinator Stewart Campbell the works will be in keeping with the directions in the conservation management plan adopted for the park last year.

“Victory Park is one of the shire’s most significant public parks. It has been recognised as a public meeting and commemoration place for more than a hundred years, as well as a place for residents and visitors to relax and enjoy,” said Mr Campbell.

“The upcoming works will focus on the garden beds along the Mostyn Street frontage to recognise the park’s history and improve views into the park.

“We’ll also be removing and transplanting some trees on the northern lawn to restore the area to its original purpose as a large, open space for people to gather,” he said.

Victory Park was formerly the market square in the first township plan in 1852. The earliest planting of trees occurred between 1864 and 1865.

The plan recommends restoring the park’s post World War I origins and sense of enclosure along the boundaries to improve internal views and vistas, and reduce interference from the surrounding streets and carparks.

Landscaping will be based on the planting themes in the original park design.

“The original design included a single row of Washington Palms along three street frontages under-planted with a hedge,” said Mr Campbell.

“Along the Mostyn Street perimeter, we’ll be planting a few Washington Palms, adding Japanese Spindle Bush as hedging, and establishing a 1.5 metre garden bed with low shrubs from the post war era to add visual interest.”

To make room for the plantings the pencil pines and roses along the border will be removed. Some of the roses will be relocated to the War Memorial Garden. The rest of the existing garden bed will be re-established to lawn to match the layout along the western boundary.

To restore the northern lawn as an open space for gatherings and celebrations, a small number of immature trees on the east and south side will be removed. The trees are not in keeping with the history or values of the park and provide little opportunity for shade.

A Zelcova tree, previously planted by the Castlemaine Country Women’s Association, will be transplanted to where the new playspace will be located.

“We’re really excited about getting the landscaping underway and putting the conservation management plan into action,” said Mr Campbell.

The Victory Park Conservation Management Plan, adopted in July 2017, outlines the heritage values of the park and actions to protect its significant features.


Image: Landscaping works will soon begin at the historic Victory Park in Castlemaine.


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