Cruikshank reserve planting

Three images anti clockwise from top left include the existing condition of Cruikshank Reserve with bushes, the Reserve filled with sunflowers one year on and the final long term plan with two established trees and smaller plantings


Cruikshank Reserve, Port Melbourne



Why are we doing this?

The sunflower is one of many plants that are known to remove, transfer, stabilise, and destroy contaminants in soil. This process is called phytoremediation.

The impact

We planted sunflowers on Cruikshank Reserve to prepare the soil for new trees and landscaping. Site preparation works began in August 2019 so that the site was ready for the seeding of sunflowers in November.


Compared to other soil rehabilitation methods, planting sunflowers is a clean, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to improve soil health.

The project is being undertaken with in-kind support from Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

View the landscape plan (PDF 2 MB) for more details.

More information

Phone: 03 9209 6777 via ASSIST