Rowan Road Reserve
Rowan Woodland Flora and Fauna Reserve is a significant 3.9 hectare conservation area tucked in among a busy sports precinct with netball, tennis and baseball facilities, skate park and playground.
The reserve is a rare example of remnant indigenous bushland, and was made a conservation area due to the quality and diversity of its vegetation, including 16 species of native orchids and lilies and the presence of the regionally rare Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora).
The understorey of the reserve is dominated by indigenous grasses, including Spear Grass, Tussock Grass and Weeping Grass, with Thatch Saw-Sedge and Spiny headed Mat-rush.
Rowan Woodland boasts the most intact sward of Stipa Grass (Stipa mollis) in the southern metropolitan region.
Four species of Eucalypts can be found in the reserve, upon visiting the Woodland you can make use of the Nature Walk notes to identify all four species!
Rowan Woodland houses a healthy population of both Ringtail and Brushtail possums, many skinks and the occasional Copperhead snake or a blotched blue tongue lizard, while bats and gliders sometimes visit the reserve
Rangers work with the Friends of Rowan Woodland (you can volunteer for one of their bi-monthly working bees) and local school groups to remove pest plants and undertake revegetation.
Dingley Primary school students have played a major role in looking after Rowan Woodland, undertaking revegetation projects in the reserve for National Tree Day and producing some spectacular murals to brighten up the southern fence line.
As well as the natural habitats, the reserve contains community sporting facilities including the Dingley Tennis Club - with a history dating back to 1922, and has 16 clay courts, and club house, the Springvale and District Netball Association, with 16 flexi paved courts available for training and competition, and KH Wearne Reserve, home to the Springvale Baseball club.
Rowan Road, Dingley Village 3172 View Map