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Trillion Trees president Thom Scott and managing director Sandra Krempl. Picture: CLAIRE OTTAVIANO

Park renaming to recognise local icon

COMMUNITY feedback is wanted to rename a Lesmurdie Park in recognition of Men of the Trees founder and City of Kalamunda freeman Barrie Oldfield. 

The former Men of the Trees WA, now Trillion Trees, president was known for his commitment to the preservation and rehabilitation of the environment.

Although he was known for his work state-wide and even internationally, Mr Oldfield is accredited with documenting and photographing 87 wildflowers in a patch of neglected bushland that later become known as Willoughby Park in Lesmurdie.

Trillion Trees president Thom Scott said his old friend inspired so many others towards environmental projects.

“This was a piece of scrub land no one had any particular care for,” he said.

“He recognised the diversity of native plants there, particularly flowering plants but also canopy and understory vegetation and the fact there was so much habitat benefit for birds, insects and reptiles, he himself recognized its significance.

“For me that’s indicative, that small piece of land, being so diverse and so precious that’s why we do what we do, even the smallest piece of land can be demonstrated to be so precious and so valuable.”

Trillion Trees nursury manager Jill Holland and president Thom Scott. Picture: CLAIRE OTTAVIANO

Mr Oldfield moved to the Perth hills in 1964 and lived in Lesmurdie until he died in December 2015, he was 82.

He was widely regarded as being responsible for the planting of more than 3.5 million trees and was awarded an Order of Australia medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999.

At its May council meeting the Kalamunda Council decided to undertake community consultation on the change of name for the land reserve at 39 Sanderson Rd from Willoughby Park to Barrie Oldfield Park.

“In 2013 Mr Oldfield, registered a Friends Group with the City and the aim of the group was to preserve and maintain this naturally vegetated reserve as Willoughby Park,” said Kalamunda Mayor John Giardina.

“Now we believe it is important to support further investigation into renaming the reserve in recognition of Barrie Oldfield’s contribution.”

Submissions close on July 2.

Visit www.engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au

By Claire Ottaviano

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