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Celebrate National Botanic Gardens Day this weekend

Video: Morgan Everett

From unique flora and fauna, historic displays and hidden pathways leading to beautiful spaces, all of the amazing features if the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens are being celebrated this weekend as part of a national event.

Sunday, May 31 marks Botanic Gardens Day, recognising the beautiful Botanic Gardens and the many benefits these areas brings to local communities.

While the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens have remained open, COVID-19 restrictions have hampered plans to create a physical event, so Council has instead created a video to highlight exactly what makes the area so special.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the local gardens were cared for by seven enthusiastic staff members.

“They work hard to maintain the 14 different areas in the gardens, including the Fern Garden, Palm Grove and Wallum Walk, just to name a few,” he said.

“It's hard work and maintenance led by this team that provides a stunning, natural area for our community to enjoy.”

Mayor Dempsey said it was that hard work which led to the creation of a perfect place for the community to visit.

“There really is so much to do at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, including enjoying peaceful walks around the lakes,” he said.

“Or spotting endangered species such as the Isis Tamarind tree and Goodwood Gum.

“You may even see various wildlife from the boardwalks and bridges, including waterbirds, freshwater turtles, eels and water dragons.”

A water lizard at the edge of the Botanic Gardens lake.

Mayor Dempsey said not only was the area a place for people to relax and spend time with family and friends, it was also a place of research into botany, ecology and horticulture.

“The Botanic Gardens have such a wide variety of thriving flora and fauna and is a constant source of information,” he said.

“Did you know a rare fruit tree orchard sits just behind the Hinkler Hall of Aviation where you can pick seasonal fruit?

“Our new permaculture garden is also a fantastic area where locally grown produce thrives.”

The Botanic Gardens also undertakes important conservation work, according to the Mayor.

“For example, there are only four macadamia species in Australia and our gardens have worked in association with the Macadamia Trust to plant all four of these species in the rare fruit tree orchard,” he said.

The site is also full of historic and cultural attractions.

“The Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Hinkler House are popular pit stops for locals and tourists alike to delve into the life of our aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“As are our stunning Japanese and Chinese gardens.

“It just goes to show, when you visit the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, you really can experience the world.”

Mayor Dempsey said Botanic Gardens Day was a time to celebrate all of the good featured in the natural space.

“This Botanic Gardens Day we say thank you to our volunteers, our staff and our community for making our gardens such a wonderful place,” he said.

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Bamboo mulching at the Botanic Gardens, with the mulch to be used to replenish flora in the area.

Find out more about the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens here.

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