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Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, The
Australia - New South Wales - Mount Annan
Institution Code: NSW
BGCI Member: Yes
Brachychiton bidwillii flowering in the Kurrajong Arboretum.
About the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, The
The Australian Botanic Garden displays over 4000 Australian native plant species, set in 416 hectares of hills and lakes. The Garden features outdoor sculptures, barbecues, a restaurant and a gift shop which sells plants. The Australian Botanic Garden is a major event venue and the most popular visitor attraction in south-western Sydney.
Telephone: 61 (0) 2 4634 7900
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is celebrated as one of the world’s significant botanic garden organisations, internationally respected for its work in science, conservation, horticulture and education across three sites – the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.
The gardens have become self-sufficient requiring less and less support from the Community Greening Program. The project has provided an opportunity for participants to gain on the job training and skills in horticulture and landscaping. Several participants have gone on to obtain work in related horticulture fields or other work due to improved communications skills, confidence and agency support.
The gardens have helped to improve the health of project participants. Communal gardens provide opportunities for a greater number of people to participate encouraging a sense of shared goals and increased social interaction while providing gardeners with allotments can increase their sense of ownership and encourages them to maintain their commitment to the garden. In cases where young people were made to feel included in the gardens, vandalism was reported to be less of a problem and opportunities arose for younger and older people to work together which has helped to reduce negative stereotypes.
The program has demonstrated an impressive ability to generate a cross-sector and cross agency commitment at a local level and there has been considerable partnership development between the business sector and the public sector, both at a local and a higher, program level.
The project has included tours of the three botanic gardens, where those involved ordinarily would not have had the confidence, ability, finances etc to visit. This has engaged the community with the gardens both offsite and onsite and broadened audiences.
Due to the success, positive examples and promotion of the Community Greening Program other groups have developed projects and gardens of their own.
It is hoped that the project will continue.
SPONSORS AND PRACTITIONERS
Phil Pettitt: Community Greening Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Relle Mott: Manager Community & Education Programs
The Community Greening Project is externally funded by HNSW -the Department of Family and community Services.
An off shoot of the program, Youth Community Greening, is funded the Eden Foundation.
The following organisations have recently provided valuable ongoing support (many others have contributed throughout the project):
· Eden Gardens and Garden Centre
· Oasis Horticulture
· Alpine Nursery
· Edible Plantscapes
· Colourwise Nursery (NSW)
· Northcote Pottery
Invasive species and ecological restoration program
African olive (Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata) is a high ecological impact invasive tree at Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan (ABGMA) and throughout western Sydney. Control of over 40ha of olive forest has been now completed at ABGMA, and ecological restoration of these degraded sites is now proceeding.
A research program into African olive seed ecology is combined with the development of restoration techniques that focus on the establishment of Cumberland Plain Woodland native grasses on degraded olive sites. A $100k NSW Environmental Trust grant has been secured to develop a 1500 sq metre native grass seed production area as part of the Australian PlantBank landscape which will provide high quality grass seed for restoration research at ABGMA.
Restore and renew New South Wales
Developing large scale, practitioner friendly, decision-support systems for ‘evolutionary-informed’ ecological restoration of the NSW flora.
In a world first, this project will take advantage of newly developed technologies and economy of scale to obtain research-based ecological restoration guidelines for over 200 plant species that represent the breadth of NSW’s floristic diversity, including many of the taxa that are commonly used in revegetation projects across the state.
The scope of the research will extend from using genetic tools to guide seed sourcing strategies, to developing seed handling protocols and supporting planting of ‘climate-ready’ populations. The study is based on a range of local pilot studies that were used to develop standardised technical approaches.
11 January 2012