The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is lucky to have the support of over 850 passionate volunteers.
Channeling their interest in conservation, local heritage and native plants, this vibrant community dedicated over 45,000 hours of their time, led nearly 9,000 visitors through the gardens on guided walks and contributed nearly $200,000 towards projects and programs in Kings Park and Bold Park last year.
While many of our volunteering activities are on hold at the moment, the BGPA is using National Volunteer Week to reflect on all the wonderful work volunteers do.
The BGPA’s five dedicated volunteer groups and their numerous subgroups each have their own area of expertise, but each is integral to the smooth running and ongoing development of Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park.
For more than 25 years the Friends of Kings Park have supported research, education, conservation, bushland management, horticultural development and events and fundraising activities in Kings Park, including their famous and always hugely popular native plant sales.
The award-winning Kings Park Guides share their passion for and knowledge of Kings Park with visitors 363 days of the year. As well as providing information and advice to visitors, they lead a variety of tours on the botanical, ecological, historical, cultural and scientific aspects of Kings Park.
The Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners generously share their knowledge, experience and green thumbs with the community, providing advice to home gardeners and community groups on how to propagate, pot, plant and prune WA native plants. Through events like ‘Dig It with Coffee’ they promote the amazing beauty and variety of local flora.
For more than 30 years, the Friends of Bold Park Bushland have been working to preserve Bold Park as an A-Class Reserve. Working on regeneration projects, providing guided walks to the public, conducting bird banding programs and hosting open days and community awareness campaigns, this group is focused on creating a world recognised urban wilderness.
The Honour Avenues Group have been operating for nearly a century. This group is responsible for the dedication, maintenance and upgrading of more than 1,800 memorial plaques that line Kings Park’s Honour Avenues, dedicated to fallen Western Australian servicemen and women.
Each volunteer group and each individual volunteer is invaluable. The BGPA sincerely thanks you for your time, energy, expertise and enthusiasm in making Kings Park and Bold Park the iconic places they are. We look forward to welcoming you back to the park soon - we couldn’t do it without you!