A big THANK YOU to all those volunteers who supported our recent plant sale, either in the nursery or on the day. Net takings of $31,345 exceeded budget. Well done everyone.
The Spring Issue (111) of For People & Plants magazine featured an article on the Friends Fund and some of the projects it is supporting. One of the projects “Saving Seeds in Storage” has been successful in attracting an Australian Research Council award of $582,084. Together with Kings Park Science, and DBCA’s contribution of $86,900, and the Friends contribution of $60,000, the funding will support Dr Emma Dalziell, a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Kings Park, to undertake research to improve their practices of seed banking for the conservation of WA’s flora over a four year period. Congratulations to David Merritt and Emma for all their work in securing the ARC award.
I am delighted to inform members that the Friends were successful in their nomination for the Australian Association of Friends of Botanical Gardens’ Handbury 2020 Award in the ‘Exceptional contribution of a member organisation to its Botanic Garden, Park or Arboretum’ category. A big thank you to Darren Harrop, Vern McKay, and Anne Barden of the Fund Committee for their hard work in providing opportunities for projects in the restoration and conservation of our native flora. Over the years the Fund has gradually grown where it has supported and is still supporting various Kings Park projects in excess of $500,000.
I am proud to be a member of such an amazing organisation.