Kings Park is looking much greener with the addition of 40,000 new native plants.

An army of more than 150 volunteers and 40 staff have been planting new stock, through rain or shine, for the past five weeks in preparation for the upcoming Rio Tinto Naturescape in Kings Park bushland play area.

‘We have been working around the clock to get these plants in the ground while the rain is here and before the much-anticipated opening of Rio Tinto Naturescape in Kings Park,’ said Grady Brand, Senior Curator of Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

The Hon. Bill Marmion, Minister for Environment; Water checked in on the volunteers’ progress on Saturday, 25 June. The planting is the culmination of several years preparation and growing, with most of the seedlings raised in the Kings Park nursery.

‘The plants vary from seedlings to advanced tree stock, making the site look even better than it did prior to construction of Rio Tinto Naturescape in Kings Park,’ explained Grady.

Suitable plant species were carefully selected from the Kimberley, desert areas and the Wheatbelt specifically to cope in Perth’s dry environment. The new plants will be watered for one year, but then the majority of the area will be a ‘dry site’ with no irrigation.

‘I’m very grateful to all the volunteers and staff who have been so passionate about completing this major planting project to such a high standard. It has been a superb team effort and the results will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors when the site opens later this year,’ said Grady, on behalf of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

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