A GROUP of dedicated volunteers has seen the distinctive character of the South Arm Peninsula returned with the recent planting of trees along the road from Opossum Bay through to South Arm and The Neck.
Local resident Richard Vaughan spearheaded the plantation of numerous flowering gums along the roadside after realising that the removal of big, old pines between the South Arm and Opossum Bay communities was eliminating some of the area’s character.
With support from the South Arm Garden Club, Coastcare and the South Arm Penisula Residents Association Inc (SAPRA), more than 360 flowering gums have now made the stretch of road their home.
This was done with assistance from the South Arm Fire Brigade and a grant from the Clarence City Council to help with tree provision, planting costs and the installation of seating.
Mr Vaughan said the new trees on the six-kilometre stretch of road had already begun to bloom.
“I really wanted to add a bright dimension and create a feature on the South Arm Road,” he said.
“This has been a marvellous project and we had no trouble finding volunteers to help, as everyone was excited to lend a hand.
“Personally, I think this is something a few more areas should think of doing to brighten up their communities.”
SAPRA president Kerry Scambler said people on the South Arm peninsula had a reputation for getting things done.
“Richard just needed the Clarence Council’s blessing and the provision of trees and then he and his band of volunteers did the rest,” she said.
“Residents adjoining the roadside were interviewed to ensure they were happy with the project and almost 100 per cent were in favour and many were also willing to adopt a tree themselves.
“As the trees grow, the summer flowering becomes more spectacular and it’s a tribute to Richard’s vision and the many hard-working volunteers and residents who planted, watered and tendered the trees.
“It illustrates in the most colourful way what can be achieved when people all work together.”
Mr Vaughan said he would like to thank to Clarence City Council for their “great support” throughout the project.
Caption: A stocky evergreen eucalypt, flowering gums are known for their spectacular summer floral displays. Photo credit: Robin Stevens.