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Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, The
Australia - New South Wales - Mount Annan
Institution Code: NSW
International Agenda Registration: Y
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
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.
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.
11 January 2012