Logan West volunteers gathered at the Park Ridge Mango Grove last month to show some love to the trees which are thought to be more than 120 years old.
The joint project between Park Ridge Bushcare Connect and Logan City Council Park Volunteers Program enabled residents to participate in the care and beautification of the park through the removal of old fencing and rubbish, and the spreading of mulch under the trees.
The group of volunteers included men and women, children and retirees, tradies and environmentalists, all with a single goal of restoring the trees to health and creating an inviting place for residents to enjoy the wildlife.
“My girls and I wanted to be a part of the restoration and celebration of these beautiful trees”, community volunteer, Phil Hackett said. “First thing my girls said after the working bee was: ‘dad can we climb them’.”
The grove has been a regular lunch spot for people looking for a quiet, shady place to relax in the middle of their busy day. Unfortunately, it is also regularly used for dumping rubbish and hooning. The group hope that by beautifying the area, visitors and locals will come to enjoy and look after the park, along with the mob of wallabies and other wildlife that call the park home.
Residents from the neighbouring Harvest Rise Estate had expressed concern about an Olympic White-Water Rafting facility proposed for the site by the Logan City Council Administrator on her last day in office. The newly-elected council is yet to make any statement about the future of the park, but previous plans included nature walks, gardens and an education centre.
“The beauty that exists within the arbour of the vintage mango trees is the jewel in the crown of Logan West. My dream is to see the vision of the ‘Logan West Parklands’ (Logan City Council’s 2010 proposal for the land) become a reality. The ‘Parklands’ ideal to be an environmental education centre benefitting not only local residents but visitors from at home and abroad was the initial intent for this site ten years ago. I am grateful for any opportunity to contribute to the well being of this grove of natural history and was happy to work with other like-minded people towards the preservation of The Park Ridge mango trees”, said working bee volunteer and Harvest Rise resident, Donnalee Olive.
Park Ridge History Connect has been researching the story behind the planting of the mango trees. “We’ve spoken to several residents who played in the trees as children in the 1950s. They all say that the mango trees were as big then as they are now”, said research coordinator, Paul Jackson.
The property was part of the Cordingley estate in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Joseph Cordingley was an early settler and prominent historical figure in the area. The highway overpass at Park Ridge is named after the family in honour of the work they did in the community.
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