By Beverley Ford
AT THE end of Strickland street, next to Annie Harrison Park, is a little gem of nature – the Karri Walk Trail.
The 1.5km trail in the heart of town traverses jarrah and karri woodland and is filled with birdsong and wildflowers.
Was this little patch of nature an inspiration of Denmark’s forebears?
Did they show the sort of insight displayed by John Forrest when he dedicated Kings Park for the people of Perth?
Or was it an accident?
While it would be satisfying to think that it was planned, it turns out that it was originally the town tip!
Imagine driving down Strickland street, reversing your ute or trailer to the edge of that beautiful patch of green, and tipping your rubbish into it.
Thank goodness it is now maintained largely by the Denmark Weed Action Group (WAG), to ensure that we have this lovely experience on our doorstep into the future.
The Karri Walk Trail was constructed in 1993 by a group of young people participating in the Denmark Youth Training Project.
Funded by the State and federal governments and the Denmark shire, the Land and Environmental Action Program (LEAP) assisted unemployed young people gain valuable practical skills through providing communities with landcare projects.
Then prime minister Bob Hawke declared the 1990s the Decade of Landcare, and the federal government set about funding eligible projects across Australia.
“We manage the weeds within the woodland, but as the first part of the walk winds through what was the town tip, we are less aggressive about removing all weeds,” says WAG founding member and 2018 Citizen of the Year Diane Harwood.
“Instead we concentrate on keeping them from encroaching upon the rest of the walk trail.”
Di said that weeds removed from the old tip included sweet pittosporum, Sydney golden wattle, dolichos, watsonia, ornamental grape, and blackberry.
The remainder of the walk is pristine bush, where I struggled to see any weeds at all.
Obviously, it too is well cared for by WAG.
If you haven’t yet enjoyed this woodland walk on our doorstep, don’t delay – spring is a wonderful time to be in the bush.