Latest News from the Friends

5 May, 2021
Welcome to the May Newsletter with all the latest from the Friends of Kings Park.

Find out about the news at the Friends of Kings Park.

Read on for information on upcoming events, May Plant Sale, Volunteer activities, and more.

In this issue

President’s Report

These are trying times with quick lockdowns and restricted volunteering attendance.  Only a week away from the Park but it felt an age!  Helena will keep you informed when future volunteering activities are cancelled.

I am delighted to announce the Management Committee has approved Life Membership of the Friends for Lesley Hammersley, Grady Brand and Luke Sweedman.  As Luke is leaving us soon to go east to be with his family, a certificate was presented to him at a recent Friends meeting when he spoke about collecting seeds. Thank you for all the support, encouragement and advice the three of you have given to the Friends over a combined total of 94 years!!

The Friends are a member of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens. We receive a copy of their monthly newsletter called e-ucalypt news as part of our membership.  For those of you who are interested in reading about other botanical gardens in Australia, Alex has included a link below.

A reminder that our next plant sale will be held on Sunday, 30 May.  Work on a new pavilion, Ngoolaark, on the north-eastern side of Exhibition Ground has started. As this will have an impact on the way the plant sales are set up, we will need lots of volunteers to help out, so please sign up

In my March report to members, I briefly outlined the results of our volunteer survey.  To see more details of this survey please click here.

I look forward to welcoming volunteers to the National Volunteer Week morning tea celebration on Wednesday, 19 May at 10.30 am at Wanju Marr.  Please let Helena know on [email protected]au if you are attending.

Best wishes,

May Plant Sale

Our May Native Plant Sale is coming up soon and we would love your help!

Sunday 30th May 2021
9:00am – 12:30pm

With lots of beautiful plants on offer, we expect a great turnout for the sale and would love your help to run the event
Please visit our website to sign up to help out for the sale. We look forward to seeing you there!

Volunteer Survey Results

Of the 200 volunteer surveys sent out, 69 replies were received. The following outcomes were noted:

Volunteers were pleased with the volunteering opportunities offered, they loved learning about the natural environment and working with Kings Park staff.  Most importantly, they enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie volunteering in Kings Park offers them.

However, as with most organisations, there is room for improvement.  Some of the suggestions made included:

  • More secure racks to lock push bikes to.
  • Ensure extra water containers accompany volunteers when working in hot weather.
  • Look at ways the Friends can acknowledge their own volunteers.
  • Better communication between staff and volunteers if sessions are cancelled.

The Friends is always looking for opportunities of offering more learning opportunities and job variation and will continue to do so by having meetings with appropriate staff. We will also look at the possibility of encouraging experienced volunteers to share their knowledge with new volunteers.

Marvellous Mushrooms

Save the date!

Mark your diaries for an evening learning all about mushrooms with Marty Brotherson from BGPA
Date: Thursday 24th June
Venue: Green Room
Time: 5:30pm for 6pm start

More details including a link to buy tickets will follow soon!

BGPA Notices

For Your Information


BGPA has alerted us to the likelihood of a small, controlled fire, planned to occur in Kings Park one day between 3 May and 21 May 2021.

The fire is part of an important scientific research project run by Kings Park Science to investigate methods of managing bushfire risks and protecting the natural environment in urban bushland on the Swan Coastal Plain.  The exact date of the fire is dependent on suitable weather and safety conditions and will not be confirmed until approximately 9:00 am on the day of the fire. The low intensity fire is likely to begin around 11:00 am and may last up to five hours.

It will be closely controlled by Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) staff with support from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions –  Parks and Wildlife Service. Fire response crews will remain present for the duration of the fire and BGPA staff will monitor the site continuously until the fire is completely extinguished.

Road and pedestrian/cycle path closures will be in place during the fire and some pedestrian closures may persist for up to three days afterwards for public safety.

The attached information sheet provides further details and a map of the fire location.

The precise timing of the fire and other updates will be published on the website at www.bgpa.wa.gov.au and on the Kings Park and Botanic Garden Facebook page with notification provided to the Shift Engineer prior to ignition. If you would like to discuss any particular concerns, please contact Mr Stephen Easton, Manager Biodiversity Conservation, on 0409 889 851.

Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.

Further information can be downloaded here.

The Stickybeaks Cafe and Ivey Watson Playground Upgrade works commenced last week.  

Upgrades to the area include a new cafe verandah and surrounds to improve the interface of the café’s al fresco area with the broader parkland area and provide an improved aesthetic with a more contemporary style building that has some separation from the nearby Ivey Watson Playground; modification to the public toilets to meet universal access standards; and the refurbishment of the adjacent Ivey Watson Playground.

In order to facilitate some of the works, Ivey Watson Playground will be closed from early June to late July, while the café will remain open for business during the majority of works except for a two-week period in late June, just prior to school holidays. These works will be complete by the end of July 2021.

Volunteer Activities

Our volunteers have been hard at work around the Park. Have a look at the before and after from the Wednesday Bushland Carers’ work conducting some veld grass removal on the bushland edge.

Photo credit: Ben Nuske


The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) is a national network providing a forum for communication, information and promotion between it’s members, related botanic gardens groups and the community. Their regular newsletter keeps us informed about the activities of Friends groups around the country.

Click here to read issues of E-ucalypt, the AAFBG Newsletter


The Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii) on the Bushland Nature Trail had died.
Ryan Glowacki, Bushland Manager, had selected a replacement Banksia, a best condition one within the Nature Trail. Please see below image for tree location (red dot).

All Friends of Kings Park are welcome to get involved in this important ClimateWatch project, in collecting observations on the selected 9 trees along Bushland Nature Trail.
All queries to CW Team: [email protected]friendsofkingspark.com.au

Thank you.
ClimateWatch Team

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.

The blend is proving very popular judging by the latest feedback from happy customers:

“A really nice balance of flavor among the ingredients which doesn’t always happen when Oz natives are used (sometimes they can be a bit too eucalyptus-y). This one is amazing with a squeeze of native lime!”

To order bottles, download and complete the order form below and email to [email protected]com.au. Collection will be available from Wanju Marr Volunteer Hub by appointment. Please contact Pippa on 0488 001 951 to arrange collection.

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 have now been phased out. 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.