Peter Bevan is a native plant enthusiast who has spent the last decade tirelessly working by himself to revegetate the Lowood rail trail.
Now, Peter’s work has inspired local businesses, schools and environmental groups to help out and make a bigger change to the environment than Peter could have imagined.
The Lowood Beautification Project is no longer a solo effort, and Peter is regularly joined by students from Lowood High School who continually volunteer their time to plant trees.
So far, the project has achieved the removal of highly-flammable long grass, revegetation of native species, an upgrade to drainage infrastructure to prevent land erosion, additional pathway providing access for cyclists and motorised scooters and an expansion of local koala habitat.
The entire Lowood community has rallied behind the project and is now supported by a nine-member project partnership including Lowood High School, Somerset Regional Council, Lowood & Fernvale Bendigo Bank, Super IGA Lowood, Lowood State High School, Boughen Bitumen, Healthy Land and Water, West Moreton Landcare Group Inc. and the federally-funded “Work for the Dole” program.
The local Bendigo Bank has also lent its support by donating two park benches and has committed to donate a further two benches to encourage greater use and enjoyment of the trail by locals.
The Lowood Beautification Project has been submitted for the Bendigo Australia Day award. We wish Peter and all partners involved good luck!