is Crown land that is managed by local government for the benefit of
the community. It is part of a larger area that was originally proclaimed
'to be used as a reserve for public convenience, health and enjoyment'.
pressures have reduced its area. Heathfield High School was built on
this reserve. The first classes began there in 1963.
Over the years
the native bush has also been encroached upon for such purposes as water
tank placement and community ovals. In 1985, a 12 hectare portion of
the original reserve was dedicated as a recreation reserve under the
care of the District Council of Stirling (now the Adelaide Hills Council).
is an important site for the quality of its bushland. Hender Reserve
still features extensive areas of native vegetation and some of the
largest stringy bark eucalyt trees in the district.
Reserve has been recognised for the quality of its remaining sclerophyl
forest of E. obliqua and its contribution to the wildlife corridor.
A large number of plant species have been identified, and most of the
scrub is considered to be in a good condition.
Friends have cleared
much of the intrusive weeds, including the Sydney Golden Wattle Acacia
longifolia, to enhance the best bush areas in this reserve.
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