Sometime soon we'll be having a dig here
(click for google maps).
In our council area there aren't a lot of dead bits of land, but the areas which are used could be used more, for example on a 15m x 4m nature strip in front of a house there may be just one tree about 2m wide, where there could easily be three.
So rather than finding dead corners we're going for taking existing vegetation and expanding from it. Along the railway is a good prospect because it can be a bit bleak there, and already on the west of the map there's a small reserve, so people may assume what we plant is just an extension of that. And there's a path for people to cycle or walk down so it'd be nice to liven it up, and give some shade in what can be quite hot summers.
- Eucalyptus decipiens, grows up to 12m I think
- Melaleuca decipiens, broad-leaved paperbark, 10+m
- Olive leccino, up to 10m normally, this is an oilseed variety, the table-eating olive varieties don't seem to be available in Victoria
- Callistemon x2, these are technically shrubs but grow 2-3m high and wide if you let them so really I'd call them "trees".
I figured if I picked nice big natives then first up they wouldn't stand out as having been guerillaed in, and second even if the council or locals noticed, there'd be a big noise if they wanted to cut them down. And this area is chockers with Greeks so nobody will complain about olive trees - already some people have put them in the nature strips in front of their houses.
I have teed up a mate to help me since I already helped him put garden beds in. I may put one or two of the trees in our own front yard or nature strip, but at least 3 will go along that railway. We plan to do this sort of thing once a month, wish us luck!