Students with a passion for sustainability were given a masterclass in local flora from staff at the Edendale Community Environment Farm and the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade team.
The educational visit aimed to build the capacity of Eltham High School Environment Captains to understand and advocate for greening their neighbourhoods through re-vegetation.
The students got the opportunity to learn more about the semi advanced Yellow Box trees that will be planted on the southern median of the Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane intersection.
Planting will take place between now and the end of the year. The Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade worked closely with Edendale to source these maturing trees, which will form part of a planting schedule that encompasses hundreds of pieces of vegetation across the intersection of Fitzsimons Lane and Main Road.
Fitzsimons Lane connects Eltham and Templestowe to neighbouring eastern and northern suburbs, as well as the Eastern Freeway, carrying more than 60,000 vehicles each day. Its upgrade will improve journey times, slash congestion, enhance public transport reliability and keep cyclists and pedestrians safe from busy traffic at the intersection.
The Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade is on track to be completed by 2023.
For more information about works and planned disruptions over winter visit the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade project page.