The Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens is blessed with volunteers who come and give their time and energy to help develop and maintain this community garden.
On Thursday, October 17, Lendlease will sponsor a project to bring around 15 employees from Sydney to work in the garden.
This community program of Lendlease encourages their employees to nominate a charity and work with that charity for a day, with Lendlease covering all the costs of the working day. These new volunteers will establish the beginning of our five-hectare native garden.
This part of the botanic garden, located along the bike track at the eastern end, has not had much attention so far; but we hope to change that soon with two current grant applications focused on funding part of the native garden.
One funding application is to develop two hectares of the native garden with plantings of the Southern Highlands Shale Woodlands, including the endangered Eucalyptus macarthurii, which would have originally covered the botanic gardens site.
The other application is to fund the installation of irrigation in the native garden.
In due course, a 170-metre board walk will meander over the chain of ponds as part of the native garden.
Informative signage will provide education on endangered native flora and the wildlife attracted to the native garden.
The Lendlease community work next Thursday will be a first key step to transform this part of the botanic garden into a native garden.