Well-known Blackwood community identity and our founding President, Debbie Reynolds, passed away in 2018. She has been honoured with the planting of a memorial avenue of 50 Manchurian Pear trees at the Forest.

Debbie was very active in resisting plans to develop the Blackwood Forest area into a school and residential housing in the 80s and 90s. Her efforts resulted in the area being proclaimed a recreation park in 2001, and the Friends of Blackwood Forest have been committed to the maintenance and custodianship of the Blackwood Forest Recreation Park ever since.


The Avenue of Trees project was funded by donations from those who attended Debbie’s funeral and others who just knew her. Thanks goes to a number of local businesses who contributed to the project including:

Blackwood Hire (providing trenching and hole digging machinery);

True Value Hardware Blackwood (supplying all irrigation needs);

Adelaide Suburban Plumbing of Hawthorndene (providing plumbing services to connect into the mains water supply), and;

Adelaide Tree Farm from Carey Gully (providing the trees, stakes, and fertiliser) and the National Parks and Wildlife SA.

Thanks also goes to the Rotary Club of Coromandel Valley who supported this project financially and provided people to assist with the digging and planting of the trees.