The iconic Hamilton Botanical Gardens will be rejuvenated thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Round One of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program will see 17 gardens across the state receive grants worth $1.4 million.
Hamilton Botanical Gardens will receive a $86,000 grant for completion of design and heritage planning for a community precinct within the botanic gardens. Planning will support the reactivation of a redundant area that was originally devoted to animal enclosures.
The plan will contribute to developing a children’s garden and educational area that incorporates new landscaping features to encourage nature-based play and learning.
The grants program was launched this year and will provide nearly $4 million over two years.
The value of the grants has been boosted by substantial local financial and in-kind co-contributions to projects.
Victoria has a rich legacy of botanic gardens established in the 19th century and there are now more than 40 across the state.
The gardens hold significant collections of trees and plants, offer iconic landscapes and open spaces, support research and provide for recreation, tourism and community use.
The grants program also supports the objectives of Biodiversity 2037, the Labor Government’s plan to stop the decline of Victoria’s native plants and animals and improve the natural environment for a healthy, sustainable future.
Round two of the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program will open in mid-2020.
For more information and a full list of Round One grant recipients, visit: forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-victorias-botanic-gardens-grants-program
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“The Hamilton Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place for our community to come together and enjoy beautiful green open space – this funding will ensure it remains that way.”
“This is a great initiative that recognises the importance of these gardens to the local community.”