Next time you head down the zigzag path from the top of Somerset Crescent to Mansfield’s Botanic Park, you will come across five rustic log gabions that are both aesthetically interesting and serve an important practical purpose.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said there had been significant erosion which was affecting the garden beds along the path.
“Our Parks and Gardens staff member Steven Evans designed the gabions that are made from all recycled materials. I’ve already had lots of favourable comments about them from community members,” Cr Attley said.
“Stopping the erosion will protect the garden bed plantings which minimises the cost of replacing plants. I think this is a great use of materials the team already had on hand and I congratulate them on their creativity,” she said.
The gabions are made from recycled reinforcement steel mesh, railway sleepers, rock and reclaimed segmented logs cut from fallen and felled trees in Mansfield.
Cr Attley said Council also had reports from community members of being surprised by cyclists using the track and overshooting the path. She said the gabions will serve a traffic calming role.
“Keeping all users on the path will also protect plantings,” she said.