Warrien Reserve has become the latest public park to be given ECLIPs Accreditation. Maroondah City Council put 10 of their staff though a training program on environmental management, run onsite at the gardens by SGA. This accreditation identifies to the public that the gardens are maintained and managed with minimal use of water and minimal or no use of chemicals. On an ongoing basis and whenever they are redesigning sections of the gardens, Maroondah City Council is committed to enhancing biodiversity, avoiding invasive plants and avoiding disruption of natural systems.

The Reserve

Warrien Reserve is one of Maroondah’s oldest reserves. Earliest records indicate that it was part of the cattle grazing property ‘Warrandyte’ in the early settlement days. The row of Sugar Gums near the southern boundary is a remnant of a driveway on this property. In 1949 the land was purchased by the Shire of Lilydale.

One acre within the Reserve was set aside in 1951 as the Everard Wildflower Sanctuary. This protected area ensures the long-term preservation of the local flora.

Warrien Reserve occupies 13 acres and has biological significance with eleven regionally significant plants and 142 indigenous plants – many of which are not found elsewhere in the municipality.

The reserve has excellent facilities for people of all ages and abilities, including ample off street parking, a well equipped children’s playground, a large undercover barbeque facility.

SGA would like to congratulate the Maroondah City Council and all the staff involved in the management of these wonderful gardens.

For more information follow this link: http://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au or contact the Maroondah City Council on 1300 88 22 33 or email maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au