Latest News from the Friends

25 June, 2019
Welcome to the July Newsletter with all the latest from the Friends of Kings Park.

Find out about news and upcoming events at the Friends of Kings Park.
Don’t miss out on volunteer opportunities, our “back by popular demand” photography workshop, a members-only nursery tour, and a full calendar of events for the rest of 2019!

In this issue

Vale Ruby Johnson

Goodbye Friend…..
It is with great sadness I have to advise that Ruby Johnson died last week. She was an amazing volunteer, always willing to help out with whatever needed doing: whether with the Bushland Carers, Growing Friends, plant sales or the annual Australia Day Sky Show. Ruby was a generous and kind lady, making the most delicious jams and chutneys to share with other volunteers. I will always remember Ruby and Bill arriving at their various activities on their bikes. They were a devoted couple.
The Friends of Kings Park were fortunate to have had such a dedicated volunteer. You will be missed.
Ruby’s funeral will take place on Saturday, 29 June at 9 am at St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco (opposite St John of God Hospital).

Pippa Moodie

Photography Workshop

The Friends are holding a Photography Workshop on Sunday, 21st July commencing at 2pm in the Green Room, Education Centre, Kings Park. Photographer John Robinson is leading the Workshop.

Participants bring along any type of camera (including phones, iPads, laptops), go out into the Park and take photos, then come back and learn how to correct and edit images. This workshop will run for approximately 2 hours.

Places are strictly limited for the Workshop. Tickets are $50pp for members and non-members, afternoon tea included.

Nursery Tour

An exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of the Nursery facilities in the lead up to the biggest September plant sale ever, held on Saturday 24th August 2019.

From 10am a guided tour through the Park’s nursery and recycling area will be followed by a ‘close encounter’ with volunteers working in the Friends nursery.

Refreshments will be available at the start of the tour in the BCC lunch room.

This is a members-only event and places are limited to 24 members. Reserve your place with Trybooking.

A Sunday Afternoon with Friends

We began with Kings Park Curator of Arboriculture, Jeremy Thomas, and Tree Part Failure Profiles – A Review of Tree Incident Reporting. Or in layman terms, why trees drop limbs.  The underlying causes include disease, limb damage and, believe it or not, birds removing bark from tree forks.  Pruning trees incorrectly can lead to more limb drop, not less, because the tree becomes more vulnerable to disease and the canopy is unbalanced.   Interestingly, most tree limbs fall during the night.  Jeremy’s talk was well illustrated with photos of fallen limbs, damaged trees and the impact of the 2007 storm on Fraser Avenue (it was impressively messy).

Next up were two intrepid and enthusiastic volunteers, Craig Gumley and Geoff Chidlow.  They gave us an insider’s view on volunteering in Kings Park– a blow by blow description of what Garden and Bushland Carers get up to during the 6 Nyoongar seasons (weeding, planting and reticulation featured prominently) accompanied by photos of flora, fauna (a collective ‘awww’ from the audience when the Tawny Frogmouths appeared) and, of course, food.

Add afternoon tea and it made for a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday Afternoon with Friends.

If you missed the presentation – check out the full show on our website!

Climate Watch

Interesting information below is from ClimateWatch Victoria quarterly eNews for April 2019. Looks like Kings Park Trails are very popular! ClimateWatchers, keep up the good work!!

This quarter (2019), the ClimateWatch trails which have collected the most ClimateWatch records are:

  1. Kings Park and Botanic Garden (WA) – 216 records
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VIC) – 91 records
  3. Australian National Botanic Garden (ACT) – 32 records
  4. Cumberland Land Conservancy – Wallaroo (NSW) – 19 records
  5. Albany O Adventure (WA) – 15 records

Friends of KP, if you would like to join our group or if you have any queries, please email us (Serene & Paul) [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you on the trails.

Volunteer Opportunities

Garden Carers
Positions are coming available for the Wednesday Garden Carers group. The Wednesday Garden Carers meet every Wednesday at 8:00am. For this group you must be a Friends of Kings Park member.

If the GARDEN CARERS is of interest to you, the first step is to email the Volunteer Coordinator via email: [email protected] with your name and brief description of your interest in the GARDEN CARERS for the Wednesday group.

Then the Volunteer Coordinator will send you further information. There will be placement start dates offered soon to suitable applicants.

Bushland Carers
Positions are coming available for both the Sunday and Wednesday Bushland Carers. The Sunday Bushland Carers meet every second Sunday at 8:30am – 10:30am. The Wednesday Bushland Carers meet every second Wednesday at 9:00am – 11:00am. For this group you must be a Friends of Kings Park member.

If the BUSHLAND CARERS is of interest to you, the first step is to email the Volunteer Coordinator via email: [email protected] With your name and brief description of your interest in the BUSHLAND CARERS for the Sunday or Wednesday group. Then the Volunteer Coordinator will send you further information.

The Kings Park Education team are looking for Education Volunteers. Kings Park Education offer a range of different educational programs for children ranging in ages from Early Learning through to Year Twelve. Programs are linked to the Western Australian School Curriculum and cover topics such as Science, Conservation and Nyoongar Culture. The programs are run during school term time. The role of the Education Volunteer is to assist our teaching staff with incoming schools visiting Kings Park.  It is suitable for people who are fit and healthy, willing to get hands-on and have the ability and interest in engaging school-age children with their natural environment.

Volunteer days available are Tuesday to Friday, 9:00am to 2:00pm. Most Education Volunteers will volunteer one day a week or fortnight during term time. For this role you will need a Working With Children Check. (If you don’t have one, the Volunteer Coordinator can give you the relevant paperwork) and be a Friends of Kings Park member.

The first step is to contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Larr Rose to discuss your availability. Larr will then organise a date for you to come in and look at the program by shadowing an experienced Kings Park Education Volunteer. Following this an induction will be organised. All interested applicants to apply via email: [email protected] with your name and brief description of your availability.

Save the Date

Our Events sub-committee have been busy planning your entertainment for the rest of the year, so mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

If you’d like to be involved in planning these events and more, get in touch at [email protected]. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

Volunteer Code of Conduct

Active volunteers – don’t forget to complete the Code of Conduct online.

What’s on in July

VMG Dig it with Coffee: Native Gardens Advice
Wednesday 3 July
Between 10 and 11.30 am at Zamia Café
Bookings essential: call the Kings Park Master Gardeners on 9480 3672, email [email protected] or visit Kings Park Events Calendar: Dig it with Coffee

Bushland Carers
July Dates: check the Bushland Carers 2019 Volunteer Program Calendar, under the Volunteering page on our website