From the creative to the innovative, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is proud to showcase some of our best initiatives during National Recycling Week 2019.

The wishing tree at Ivey Watson Playground. Photo: BGPAView image slideshow

From using repurposed material for building projects, to salvaging local timber from the park to use in landscape projects, you might be surprised to see what trash we’ve turned into treasure!

How about this quirky looking character at Lotterywest Family Area – the one with the crazy hair? This ‘wishing tree’ was struck by lightning many years ago and was repurposed next to Ivey Watson Playground as a popular attraction.

Other examples of using repurposed materials in Kings Park include the Place of Reflection and Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park which features wood from the old Perry Lakes Stadium.

Kings Park also has a successful green waste recovery program. The program, which commenced in 2015, recycles all green waste generated in the park. It is composted and recycled as mulch to use in garden beds and on verges across the park.

Up to 2,000 cubic metres of bulk green waste is produced annually from tree and shrub removal, pruning, weed removal and lawn mowing throughout the park. The green waste is stock-piled and hammer-milled to produce a coarse mulch that is composted.

The final product meets the relevant Australian Standards for composted mulch, allowing it to be used throughout the park. The mulch suppresses weeds, retains soil moisture, conserves water and improves plant growth.

Have you been to Saw Avenue Picnic Area? If you have, you might have noticed the unique carvings on the picnic benches, playground and totem poles. These were created from repurposed wood from felled Kings Park trees.

To learn more about National Recycling Week and how you can get involved, visit the National Recycling Week website.

The wishing tree being moved into location at Ivey Watson Playground. Photo: BGPA. Wood art at Saw Avenue Picnic Area. Photo: BGPA. Green waste is repurposed for use along Kings Park's verges and in garden beds. Photo: BGPA


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