26 September 2023

City park in bushland transformation

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The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is overseeing a new restoration project that will see more than 250 iconic Western Australian trees planted on the perimeter of Kings Park.

The project, now under way, will bring native banksias, eucalypts and nuytsias (known as the Western Australian Christmas tree) within reach of city commuters, cyclists and pedestrians who use the paths along the edge of the Park.

In a statement, the Authority said the young trees and understorey plants had been grown in the Kings Park nursery from seed collected in Kings Park bushland.

“They will be planted in the restoration site in Kings Park opposite Havelock Street and close to the Next Generation Kings Park complex,” the Authority said.

“Weeds have been progressively removed from the area over the past 12 months in preparation for the restoration project.”

It said a number of introduced trees, considered to be woody weeds (not native to the Kings Park bushland), were being removed to make way for the new trees. That work began earlier this week (Tuesday 28 April).

“The restoration site will support the conservation of Perth’s threatened banksia woodlands and is expected to grow into a beautiful transition from bushland to parkland for visitors in years to come,” the Authority said.

“Planting will begin in winter 2020 and continue in subsequent years,” it said.

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