Pick My Project

The Friends of the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens Inc were successful in their submission to Pick My Project to create a Nature based play space at Warrnambool Botanic Gardens. Pick My Project Victorian Government community grants initiative saw our project as one fitting to be funded with $195.000.

The Friends and WCC are well underway to creating this space with the help of the funding received to date.

Details for the project

A unique and creative play space will be established for all ages using natural and recycled materials which sit comfortably in the heritage listed gardens. A large cypress stump and the remains of a historic tree will be incorporated into the design, becoming play pieces. Elements which encourage climbing, jumping, balancing and squeezing will be included, such as logs, rocks, ropes and old bridge timbers. These elements will encourage both active and creative play, providing spaces for adventure, escape and connection to nature. Careful selection of appropriate plantings will further connect children to nature.

The project benefits

The WBGs are valued by children and families, with high visitation throughout the year for a range of unique play opportunities including the iconic Moreton Bay Fig tree roots (pictured), feeding the ducks and climbing on the cannon. Community members have expressed interest in more opportunities for creative and active play in the WBG with a recommendation to 'design and develop sensory and nature play areas' listed in the WBG Master Plan (2017). The heritage listed WBG is situated in a residential area adjacent to two large primary and a secondary school, which will have opportunities to contribute to design.

Listening Post

The steering committee, WCC and garden architects Laidlaw&Laidlaw held a listening post a the Gardens WUNTA and Jazz in the Gardens festival. This enabled the public to have a say in the outcome of the garden space.

For further details about this day the Warrnambool Standard very kindly allowed us to link here their in depth article on the day.