An eight-hectare conservation reserve in South Morang has been named after a former Whittlesea councillor who died in 2014.

Nicola Davis was elected as a north ward councillor in 2012, but died in April 2014 after a short battle with cancer. She was 35 years old.

The mother-of-two and community activist was passionate about conservation and bike riding, and had actively campaigned for kindergartens, schools and playgrounds.

The conservation reserve in Gordons Road was chosen to be named in honour of Ms Davis because of its significant natural features and its location overlooking the Henderson Creek bike trail.

A special ceremony was held at the reserve last Tuesday, where members of the Davis family joined mayor Ricky Kirkham to unveil a plaque.

This South Morang reserve has been named in honour of Ms Davis. Picture: Damjan Janevski.

This South Morang reserve has been named in honour of Ms Davis. Picture: Damjan Janevski.

Her daughters, Sienna, 9, and Tabatha, 6, planted a river red gum at the reserve in her memory.

“It’s been three years since Nicola’s passing, and naming this reserve after her is just one way her legacy can continue,” Cr Kirkham said.

“Nicola’s name will be synonymous with conservation – something she was passionate about – through this memorial.”

The Nicola Davis conservation reserve is protected by a Trust for Nature covenant, which means the site will be conserved as a natural refuge for indigenous flora and fauna.