Amiens Memorial Park and Grounds
Below is information about each of the components that make up the Amiens Memorial Park and Grounds.
The entrance sign
You can't miss the bright blue sign that announces that you've arrived at the Amiens Memorial Park and Grounds.
Established in the 1920s as part of the Pikedale Soldiers' Settlement Scheme, these grounds have a long and varied history.
The memorial avenue
Right in front of you is the beginnings of our memorial avenue with plantings of Prunus nigra (ornamental black cherry) along each side. As these plants mature they will fill in the gaps and merge together creating an archway effect as you drive down the avenue.
Autumn will be the season of choice to view them when mature. The leaves will change through a range of beautiful colours as the season changes and gets cooler in readiness for winter.
If you miss autumn, come in spring where masses of blossoms will greet you.
The Amiens hall site
Driving down avenue, stop and look to your left and you will see the many stumps indicating where the Amiens Memorial Hall once stood. In its hey day, the hall served as the social hub for the families taking part in the Pikedale Soldiers' Settlement Scheme. Dinners, dances, shows, meetings, fancy dress, musicals, you name it and it would have been held at the Amiens Memorial Hall.
In the 1970s the hall was moved to its new site at Storm King Dam where is serves as a recreation centre now.
The nature walk
Along the southern boundary of the Amiens Memorial Park and Grounds, you can meander through some native bushland. Dotted throughout are magnificent granite rock boulder clusters that make interesting features.
This small pocket of remnant bushland contains about 200 species of native plants ranging from small, insignificant ground covers, through the different understorey layers to the eucalypts towering overhead.