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Riddells Creek - Lyn Hovey

When Lyn Hovey moved in beside Riddells Creek, hawthorn, gorse, blackberry and bramble covered everything — "blackberries as big as a house.”


It was 1990. Every Sunday morning, Lyn laid down tin, cut the blackberries either side, then dug the roots out. To get from the caravan down to the creek and then clear a path along the boundary took ten years.

“At first, I wanted to plant exotic things like sweet peas. But I put them all in one place in the garden, and the rest is native plants, because they attract birds and insects and they function as part of the ecosystem. I want to see an Australian landscape.”

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