When I wrote my President’s report last week, there was no indication of a lockdown. How quickly things can change! Nevertheless, we are lucky to be living here in WA. Volunteering has been cancelled for this week, but we are monitoring the situation, and will keep you up to date with any changes. If the lockdown finishes this Friday, as anticipated, and no further restrictions are in place, Growing Friends sessions scheduled for Saturday, 6 February will go ahead.
A warm welcome to James Ryan, our new Fixing Friends coordinator. James is currently undergoing his induction and is looking forward to working with our new volunteers. If you are interested in joining the Fixing Friends, please see the ad in this newsletter.
Our special Botanical gin is selling well. It must be good, as we are receiving repeat orders! If you need a refill or haven’t got around to buying your first bottle, there are still bottles available for you to purchase. Download the order form from the Friends website, complete details, scan and email the form to [email protected].
The Volunteer Master Gardeners’ transition to join the Friends is going smoothly. They will be known as the Horticultural Advice and Support sub-committee or HAS, for short.
Congratulations to Mike Weaver, winner of the Senior Community Citizen of the Year Award, City of Melville. Mike has been unstinting in his support to all volunteer groups in Kings Park.
Two more Kings Park icons have decided to leave: Jeremy Thomas, Curator Arboriculture, (the tree man), to a newly created position as Senior Urban Forest Officer with the City of Fremantle, and Luke Sweedman, Curator, WA Seed Centre, (the seed man) who has decided to retire after 31 years in Kings Park. Thank you for being such great supporters of the Friends. I wish you well.
Our first plant sale for the year is only weeks away, on Sunday, 14 March. Please sign up to volunteer and have an enjoyable time.
Are you free on Friday, 19 February at 10 am? If so, please join us as we celebrate the outstanding research undertaken by the latest group of Kings Park summer science scholarship students. You will be fascinated by their findings. A scrumptious morning tea will be provided. These presentations will take place at BCC, the Biodiversity Conservation Centre off Fraser Avenue.
Please keep an eye on your emails for details of how to RSVP for this event. Space will be limited by whatever restrictions are in place at the time and prior RSVP will be required.