The State Government has announced funding for the Epping Road/Longueville Road Garden Beds which have a long history of greeting motorists to Lane Cove in Spring.
In 2017 Lane Cove locals called for restoration of the iconic garden beds which were reconfigured as part of the above ground works for the Lane Cove Tunnel. Council is one year into its plan for restoration and maintenance which can now be accelerated thanks to funding from the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund.
Member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts MP was on-site to announce the State Government's $150,000 investment in the local project.
"I was delighted with Lane Cove Council's decision to rejuvenate the Azaleas along Epping Road, and I am extremely pleased that with a contribution from the State Government we will get to what will be a beautiful final result" said Minister Roberts (pictured right with Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer).
In acknowledging the heritage of the area Minister Roberts said, "The Azaleas were planted over 30 years ago and quickly became a must see attraction for those travelling through Lane Cove".
Council has cultivated over 700 Azaleas seedlings which are being cared for at the Lane Cove community nursery. While they continue to grow, Council is working through the options available to restore the beds which have been significantly modified since the Lane Cove floral display was last curated. The Stronger Communities Fund will greatly assist in the restorative and preparatory works required to bring the project to life.
History of the Epping Road Garden Beds
In the 1960s Azaleas adorned the garden beds on Epping/Longueville Road, with a sloping lawn and a flowering annual display with the letters 'LANE COVE' spelled out in bedding begonias that were set into grass in the lower bed. Thirty years later, in 1992, the lower beds around the 'LANE COVE' sign were mass planted with Azaleas, creating a stunning September show that many still associate with Lane Cove.
With their Azalea mass planting and 'LANE COVE' floral display, the beds were a visual expression of local identity and pride.
The garden beds were reconfigured as part of the above ground works for the Lane Cove Tunnel.
While a number of Azaleas still feature along the road in what was the upper section of the garden bed, the area previously containing the floral signage has been significantly modified. This means Council is unable to reinstate the 'LANE COVE' display in its previous form however Council is exploring other options to include the words within the iconic floral display.