The Woody Meadow Project

Funders: City of Melbourne

Researchers: Dr Audrey Gerber and Prof James Hitchmough (The University of Sheffield), Dr Claire Farrell, A/Prof John Rayner, Leanne Hanrahan, Ahmed Ashraf


The Woody Meadow Project is a unique research collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield and Melbourne and the City of Melbourne. We seek to create urban plantings that are diverse and attractive yet require minimal maintenance. The project is supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Trawalla Foundation.

After initial experiments at Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne and the University of Melbourne’s Burnley campus, we have established new plots along Birrarung Marr and Capital City Trail. These test beds include almost four thousand plants from twenty-one different species.

Seen as self-gardening gardens, these constructed landscapes are intended to improve Melbourne’s liveability for workers and residents and become tourist destinations.

This is informed by research used to create the Olympic Park meadow in London, pioneered by Dr Audrey Gerber and Professor James Hitchmough at the University of Sheffield in England.



For more information please contact Dr Claire Farrell from the Green Infrastructure Research Group at