In response to community demand for increased usable community greenspace along Lygon Street Moreland Council worked with Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL), local businesses and community members to transform the front garden of the Maternal and Child Health Centre into a usable, visually attractive community greenspace.
As Lygon Street is one of the hot spots identified in Moreland Council’s Urban Heat Island Effect Strategy increasing vegetation will help to keep the street – and it’s users – cooler in summer.
Over the winter the community set out their ideas of what they would like to see happen in the space through a series of community workshops. There was resounding demand for more trees, seating in shady areas, play space for children and a sensory herb garden – so in October that’s exactly what happened.
In addition the children from the play centre planted some sunflower seeds – which everyone along the street has been enjoying!