Bothwell Street BioLink

The BioLink will enhance the flora and fauna and improve pedestrian safety to and from neighbouring streets and footpaths.

Location

Bothwell Street, Balaclava

Cost

Why are we doing this?

The Bothwell St median strip is currently dominated by introduced weedy Fraxinus angustifolia subsp. angustifolia/ Desert Ash (a weed species)  and grass.

The biolink is a part of our Greening Port Phillip Strategy that envisions City of Port Phillip as having a “healthy and diverse urban forest that uses innovative greening solutions to enhance the community’s daily experience, ensuring environmental, economic, cultural and social sustainability for future generations.”

We are transforming the plant life in this area in line with this vision.

Download the Bothwell St BioLink Illustrative Plan (PDF 5.30 MB)

The impact

The project will involve:

  • removing weedy trees and trees in poor health with low life expectancy
  • planting native flowering eucalypts and bottlebrushes
  • retaining some large, healthy Ash trees for shade / canopy coverage while the new plantings establish.

The grass monoculture will be interrupted by two different styles of biodiversity planting - “woody meadows” planted with low maintenance native shrubs, designed in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, and mulched garden beds planted with local wildflowers indigenous to our City.

The plantings will support urban biodiversity, including local insects and pollinators. Over time, these plants will encourage more native fauna, such as small insectivorous native birds, to reside in the area. Nest boxes and habitat features like logs and boulders will also be introduced to the space to provide additional habitat.

Notifications will be sent to nearby residents before the BioLink development begins in July 2022.

Construction will begin in early July 2022 and is expected to end in late August 2022.

Disruptions

Anticipated disruptions include occasional, temporary road closures and limited access to the sections of the median during construction.

Tree removal

The project will involve the removal of some declining and dead trees along the median, as well as some Desert Ash (a weed species). The trees will be replaced with native trees to enhance the local biodiversity.  Notices will be attached to the affected trees prior to their removal. Some Desert Ash trees that have been assessed to be in good health will be retained for shade and amenity while the new trees and garden beds establish.

Objectives

The Bothwell St BioLink project aims to create a new biodiverse planting down the Bothwell St median which will support local flora and fauna and improve pedestrian amenity and enjoyment of this valuable pocket of public open space. A clear path down the median will be created with safe entry and exit points to and from neighbouring streets and footpaths.

Community Planting Day

One of the garden beds to be planted with locally indigenous wildflowers and grasses will be planted out at a community planting day to be held on a Saturday in early Spring. To register your interest in attending the community planting day, please email: openspace@portphillip.vic.gov.au, attention Greening Port Phillip Project Manager.

More information

If you have any questions regarding this project, please email openspace@portphillip.vic.gov.au, attention Greening Port Phillip Project Manager.

Woody Meadow Trial garden (corner Nightingale St and Chapel St)

Woody Meadow Trial garden (corner Nightingale St and Chapel St)

Bothwell St median