Latest News from the Friends

3 February, 2021
Welcome to the February Newsletter with all the latest from the Friends of Kings Park.

Find out about news at the Friends of Kings Park.

Read on for information on the March Plant Sale, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

In this issue

President’s Report

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.

Best wishes.

March Plant Sale

Our first Native Plant Sale for 2021 is coming up soon and we would love your help!

Sunday 14th March 2021
9:00am – 12:30pm

Despite our current (hopefully short) setback we’re in full planning mode for the March Native Plant Sale. This will be our usual half-day sale, running from 9am to 12:30pm, as close to “normal” as possible. We will of course follow all required COVID restrictions to ensure it is a safe event for our volunteers and customers.

Please visit our website to sign up to help out for the sale. We look forward to seeing you there!

WANTED – Fixing Friends Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers who enjoy helping with fixing things, who have proven practical general maintenance skills and work well in a team environment.  Volunteers must be fit and healthy, enjoy working outdoors and are already experienced and competent in using small power tools and machinery.

Fixing Friends sessions will be held on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 7.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. from their workshop at Wanju Marr. Please click here for the Fixing Friends Volunteer Outline.

If you are interested in joining this group, please send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator, [email protected], explaining why you would be a suitable volunteer.  Applications close Monday8 February.  Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 17 February.


ClimateWatch in Kings Park has a new email address:
[email protected]

Thankyou to those participants who are already collecting observations on the Bushland Nature Trail in Kings Park. Keep up the good work.
New Recording Sheets are available at Kings Park Info Centre. Completed ones can be dropped off there or email to CW.

If you had never been involved in the ClimateWatch projects in Kings Park and would like to, or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you.
ClimateWatch Team


We have been fortunate to receive a few donations that help with our work in the Park. Marie Ferland noticed the deterioration of the pegs in use after helping out in the Nursery and generously replaced them with 2 boxes of sturdy metal pegs.

In addition, we were grateful to receive support from Bunnings Homebase with a donation of garden rubbish bags and gloves. Below you can see our midweek Bushland Carers putting them to good use.

Thank you to Marie and Bunnings for your support!

Communications Sub-Committee

Members wanted!
The Communications Subcommittee is a group of creative and fun volunteers who help organise the Friends member’s events. They are looking for more volunteers to help plan events and others who can help at the events themselves. No experience necessary!

For more information and expressions of interest, contact Alex at [email protected]

Volunteer Parking Permits

2021 parking permits for Friends volunteers are now available for collection from the Lodge. Please display a permit on your dashboard when you are volunteering and parked at the back of the Lodge, to avoid getting a ticket from the PMOs.

New email addresses for the Friends

Our staff and office bearers are moving to a suite of new emails so please update your address books as follows:

Office Admin (Helena): [email protected]

Events & Communications (Alex): [email protected]

President (Pippa): [email protected]

Vice President (Ian): [email protected]

Treasurer (Vern): [email protected]

Growing Friends: [email protected]

ClimateWatch: [email protected]

The old “bgpa” email addresses will be phased out over the next few weeks. Phone numbers remain the same.

Friends of Kings Park Botanical Gin

A reminder that our special Botanical Gin is still available for sale!

This unique blend has been created as a collaboration between Kings Park, the Friends and After Hours Wine Distillery using botanicals sourced exclusively from the park, courtesy of Steve Easton.

The new blend has been distilled with Kennedia prostrataMelaleuca huegelii, Olearia axillaris and Atriplex isatidea, producing a soft, smooth, floral flavour with aromas reminiscent of walking through the wildflowers in Kings Park.

To order bottles, download and complete the order form below and email to [email protected]. Collection will be available from Wanju Marr Volunteer Hub on Thursday mornings.

Bushland Carers

Bushland Carers
2021 Dates: check the Bushland Carers 2021 Volunteer Program Calendar, under the Volunteering page on our website. Please note this is subject to change depending on COVID restrictions.