Kings Park and Botanic Garden warmly congratulate and thank three long-standing and dedicated volunteers who were recently awarded life membership of the Kings Park Volunteer Guides.
Ann Newman, Jane Tucker and Jennifer Weston have contributed a combined 71 years of service to Kings Park and have been integral members of the Kings Park Guides, who staff the Visitor Information Centre and lead three daily guided walks on 363 days of the year.
Ann has been a loyal and enthusiastic Guide since 1986. With an exceptional knowledge of the flora of Western Australia, Ann is an invaluable resource to the Guides and has wowed locals and tourists alike with her plant knowledge and identifications skills.
After becoming a Guide, Ann studied for a diploma in botany at TAFE and worked in horticulture, cultivating native plants as well as lecturing. Ann also enjoys photography and has a formidable collection of wildflower images.
Jane has been a member of the Kings Park Guides for 24 years. Like Ann, Jane has an extensive knowledge of the plants in the Western Australian Botanic Garden and the Kings Park Bushland. Jane has a particular passion for leading bushwalks through the Kings Park Bushland. These ‘Heart of Kings Park’ walks were a great success at the recent Kings Park Festival. Jane is also interested in the involvement of children in Kings Park and is a member of the Naturescapers volunteer team. Kings Park is an integral part of Jane’s life and she has made a passionate and valuable contribution to the Park over 24 years.
Jennifer’s willing and enthusiastic work over 17 years has made a very significant contribution to the education of Kings Park Guides and the development of the organisation in general. Jennifer has served as a committee member and President for many years and has led training sessions for new Guides various times. For many years, Jennifer has worked on organising and improving the botanical library for the Guides which is an invaluable resource, especially during the Kings Park Festival when thousands of wildflowers are in full bloom.
Congratulations to Ann, Jane and Jennifer, we thank you for your outstanding service to Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
If you have a passion for native plants, conservation, local heritage, learning or meeting people, becoming a volunteer in Kings Park and Bold Park offers great satisfaction and rewards. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss current volunteering opportunities.