Kings Park and Botanic Garden is leading a world-first attempt to restore one of the largest deserts on earth in Saudi Arabia.

The ambitious project is the largest restoration trial of its type ever undertaken in the Middle East.

It will see the restoration of native vegetation to an area of more than 350 square kilometres of desert around the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

A team of horticulturists and restoration scientists from Kings Park have been commissioned to apply a full conservation strategy, from seed collection and processing to establishing plants into the degraded area. The trial is expected to provide clues as to how desert plants can be re-established in challenging climates, where annual rainfall is only around 20 mm.

Saw Avenue access disruption

Visitor disruptions will occur in the Saw Avenue Picnic Area from Monday 25 March 2019 due to toilet facilities upgrade works.

Bold Park access disruption: Kulbardi Walk

Kulbardi Walk will be closed from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday from Monday 18 March to Friday 12 April 2019.

Earth Hour 2019

The lights that illuminate the Lemon scented gums along Fraser Avenue be turned off during Earth Hour, which begins at 8.30 pm on Saturday, 30 March 2019.

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Summer Scholarship Program

Kings Park Science’s 2018-19 Summer Scholarship Program recently wrapped up after another successful summer.

More quendas, bigger plants

Western Australian quendas (Isoodon fusciventer) aren’t just cute and quirky, their digging and fossicking habits have been found to make an incredible difference in the growth of plants, according to new research.

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