Excellent results in research, conservation and visitor experiences have been recorded in the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority’s 2018-19 annual report, which is now available online.
The BGPA made significant contributions to biodiversity conservation for the State and enhanced community understanding about local ecology and cultural heritage during the year, according to BGPA Executive Director Alan Barrett.
‘Our partnership with Perth Festival to deliver 'Boorna Waagniny: The Trees Speak' to more than 230,000 visitors was a notable highlight as was the establishment of new Aboriginal tourism experiences’, said Mr Barrett.
Other achievements during 2018-19 included:
- Production of 43,000 plants by the Kings Park Nursery for garden displays and other activities.
- Planting of 10,400 new plants in Kings Park bushland and 10,200 in Bold Park bushland.
- 100 seed collections made in Western Australia’s North West.
- Welcoming 5.1 million visitors in Kings Park and Botanic Garden and 280,000 visitors in Bold Park.
- Maintaining visitor satisfaction above 90 per cent across both parks.
- Winning a 2018 Premier’s Science Award for Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.
- An installation of 62,000 knitted poppies for the 2018 centenary of Armistice Day.
- Publication of 59 research papers on diverse themes such as ecological restoration, pollination, seed storage and germination of a variety of plant species.
The achievements of 2018-19 were made possible through the work of an excellent team of staff and volunteers who are supported by the BGPA Board of Management and Minister for Environment.
The full annual report is available on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website.