By Dan Coles
A gardener has shared pictures of his garden three months apart, showing the damage the bush fires caused and the subsequent natural healing since it stopped.
Peter Fox, 60, an author and former police detective, started taking pictures of his gardens in December 2019, when thick clouds of smoke, draughts and humidity had torn his garden to pieces – due to the continuing bush fire crisis.
Fast forward to February 2020, and he has now taken new images showing the earth healing after the fires finally stopped and allowed his garden to resurrect itself to its natural beauty.
The amazing images show a completely sabotaged, dry, inhospitable area with no vegetation in sight, to now having a full pond, newly grown plants and grass, resurrected trees and even wildlife tucking into what they can find to eat.
Peter said: “To see everything growing back is so uplifting and really good for the soul.
“The damage was due to the extended drought & the extreme heat, in December and early January we had more than 10 days over 40 degrees.
“We also had four consecutive really hot days where it reached 47 degrees all in a row and I had never experienced that before.
“It’s not quite back to normal, we lost a lot of big trees so the chainsaw has been busy.
“Some of them we planted more than 20 years ago when we bought the property, the heat was extraordinary to kill trees that size.
“We’ll definitely be replanting to get those trees back one day, but that’s gardening, and you have to patient.
“We have family and friends that love wandering through our gardens, and grandkids that play there, It’s the serenity of it that we love the most and which is why we’re so happy it’s back.”
Australia suffered one of the worst bush fires in its history, which burned through the country at an unprecedented rate and saw temperatures rise to as hot as 50 degrees in some areas.
The fires didn’t directly hit Peters home, but the countries temperature, smoke and draught brought his garden to its knees and it has only just got back to its natural look.
He said: “It was such a shame what happened and the damage that was done not just to the land, but its people and wildlife was unbelievable.
“I love to look at my garden and to see it looking great again, it’s not back yet but the difference 12 weeks has made is wonderful.”
After retiring from a 36-year long career in the police, Peter now spends most of his time tending to his garden.
Peter said: “After a career investigating murders, child rapes and other horrendous crimes, gardening is my salvation.
“My wife Penny and I spend many a day gardening, we sit amongst the trees with a cup of tea and just relax.”