Latest News from the Friends

3 March, 2021
Welcome to the March 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

Autumn is on its way with cooler nights. A good time to be thinking of your garden and filling in those empty spaces. Check out the plant sale list on the Friends website, then armed with your list, come along to the next plant sale on Sunday, 14 March.

I would like to remind members and volunteers of the opportunity to increase your knowledge and maximise your individual potential through the Friends two annual scholarships:  the Tom Alford and the Mary Rose Pattison.  For more details please click here.

A thank you to volunteers who completed a volunteer survey at the end of 2020. Results of this survey are available further on in this newsletter. The response which stood out the most was how much everyone enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie volunteering in Kings Park offered them.

Chocolate Easter eggs have been available in the shops for some time!!  What about offering something a little different for the adults?  A bottle of the Friends excellent Botanical Gin!!  Click here for order form.

I end my report with congratulations to the summer science scholarship students for their excellent presentations to the community.  Everyone I spoke to was blown away by the standard and quality of their work.

Best wishes

March Plant Sale

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for the March Plant Sale on:

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

We will be sending out the roster soon so please keep an eye on your email.

In the meantime, the plant list is now available to download from our website.

Please click here to download the list and start planning!

What are your experiences of gardening with native Western Australian plants?

The Friends of Kings Park fund has supported a few Australian Postgraduate Research Internship projects over the years, and this year PhD student Laura Skates is doing a project with us on science communication at botanic gardens, titled “Native Plants and Storytelling in a Digital Age”.

We’d love it if you could help support her project by filling in the survey below!
We are running a survey as part of a research project to better understand people’s motivations and any barriers towards gardening with native Western Australian plants. The survey is online and will take about 15-20 minutes. For more information, and to access the survey, please click here.

As a thank you for your time in completing the survey, you can enter a draw to win a one-year gift membership to the Friends of Kings Park and a $50 voucher for the Friends’ Plant Sales.

This research is being conducted by Laura Skates, a PhD student at The University of Western Australia (UWA) who is completing an Australian Postgraduate Research Internship with support from the Friends of Kings Park, under the supervision of Dr Jason Stevens (Kings Park Science), Dr Sam Illingworth (Edinburgh Napier University), and Prof Erik Veneklaas (UWA). This research study has UWA Human Research Ethics approval. You may raise any questions or issues with the researchers at any time by contacting Laura at [email protected]

Photo: Jason Thomas

Attention Photographers

Do you have some amazing photographs we could use for our 2022 calendar? If yes, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for professional quality, high-resolution close-ups of WA native wildflowers. They don’t have to be taken within Kings Park but they must be in landscape format only with no noticeable enhancements or special effects.

The preferred way for us to receive your images is for you to save a selection of high-res versions to Dropbox and send a link to [email protected] but if you are unable to do this please send low-res versions by email to the same address (as attachments, not embedded in the text) or drop off a USB. Submissions close Monday 5 April.

Save the date
If you would like to learn more about the production of the calendar and have a chance to speak to some of our contributors we will be holding a photography workshop on 28 March. Save the date and keep your eye on the newsletter for more details.

Kings Park Volunteer Guides News

Have you been on a guided walk recently?
It has been a difficult year having lost our international, and many interstate visitors and numbers have dropped significantly. In Autumn we are still taking our 10am and 1pm general walks but we are planning to bring a number of special walks to be scheduled throughout the year possibly coinciding with days such as Arbor Day, Mothers Day, and Fathers Day, We are hoping to attract more local residents to explore parts of the park they may not be familiar with.

If any of you as FoKP have a special interest, let us know and we will try to accommodate it.

Coming soon are two different walks planned for International Women’s Day on March 8th In the Footsteps of Women and Women who Chose to Challenge. See the Events calendar on the BGPA website for more details.

We already have Walks by Request which are bespoke walks booked mainly for Community Groups at this time, with a minimum of 10 which pay a small fee.

Let’s enjoy the milder Autumn weather and softer light and take a walk with a friendly Guide and keep an eye on the BGPA website under Events for details about other planned walks. The Guides look forward to hosting you on one of their walks, there are always stories to tell and something different to observe on every walk.

Barbara Henderson
President Kings Park Volunteer Guides

Moonlight Cinema Fundraiser

Wonder Woman 1984

Join us on Saturday 20th March at Moonlight Cinema for our annual movie fundraiser, Wonder Woman 1984.

Gates open at 6pm. Screenings start at sundown (approximately 7pm in March)

It’s a good idea to arrive early to ensure a great spot on the lawn. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy a picnic or the delicious onsite catering before the film.

Volunteer Opportunities

Bushland Carers
Positions are coming available for both the Wednesday Bushland Carers GROUP 2. 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. The start dates for this group will:
Wednesday 17 March at 8:00am
Wednesday 14 April at 8:00am

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 a brief description of your interest in the BUSHLAND CARERS for Wednesday GROUP 2. Then the Volunteer Coordinator will send you further information.


A new ClimateWatch App has been launched recently to replace the current one. A new website will follow shortly.

Please discontinue using the current App and website for data collection.

You can download the new app ClimateWatch | SPOTTERON from Apple or Google Play app stores.
Create a new user account in the new app. Use the same email if possible.
Get out into nature to continue collecting invaluable climate research data.

If you have any queries, you can email CW team:
[email protected]

Or directly to ClimateWatch, Melbourne:
[email protected]

Thank you
ClimateWatch Team

Uniforms and Badges

Volunteers, if you would like to order a uniform please fill in the attached form and return it to the Friends before Tuesday 13 April. There are a few sample sizes of shirts in the Lodge if you would like to try one on, otherwise, there is a size guide here: https://www.syzmik.com/garmentfittingguide/au/

If you only want a name badge, which is no charge, you can just send an email to [email protected] (no need to fill in the whole form).

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]

Friends of Kings Park Botanical Gin

A reminder that our special Botanical Gin is still available for sale! Perfect for those Easter get-togethers coming up!

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.

Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop

Aspects of Kings Park has a brand new website, showcasing the beautiful products for sale in-store and online.

Visit the new website here

Reminder: Friends of Kings Park members receive a 15% discount at Aspects. If you’re buying online, use the code in the email newsletter to claim your discount.

*Please note that the discount may not be used to purchase gift cards. Your member number should be included in the comments section of your order.

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.

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.