Ten eager new volunteers will brave the summer heat to join the Bushland and Garden Carers in Kings Park for the first time in January.

Each of the new volunteers was offered a position after attending the first Kings Park Volunteer Information Session in late 2010. The session provided interested members of the public with information about the wide range of volunteer opportunities on offer. It included a chance to meet staff and experienced volunteers, learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in Kings Park and take part in a walking tour. More information sessions will be held in 2011.

‘We were delighted to see such a diverse and enthusiastic group at the first Volunteer Information Session,’ said Rebecca Maddern, Volunteer Development Project Officer.

‘Our new volunteers have a fantastic range of life skills that will be a great asset to Kings Park’s volunteer program.’

The Bushland and Garden Carers are two volunteer groups which are run by the Friends of Kings Park. Garden Carers tend garden beds throughout the Western Australian Botanic Garden and in other parklands. Bushland Carers assist with bushland regeneration projects in Kings Park Bushland.

The enthusiasm of the new volunteers is summed up by Joanna Sullivan, who has recently emigrated to Perth from the United Kingdom:

‘I’m longing to learn about Western Australian conditions and plants, as well as wanting to do something with like-minded people and make some sort of contribution to Kings Park.’

Please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for further information about becoming a Kings Park volunteer.