LOOKING AFTER KYNETON BOTANIC GARDENS

The iconic Kyneton Botanic Gardens in the Macedon Ranges 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.

Kyneton Botanic Gardens received a $30,000 grant to support the development of a revised conservation management plan for the gardens.

The plan will document the gardens heritage and botanical significance and will set out appropriate policies for heritage conservation.

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 the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio

 “Victoria is blessed with beautiful gardens and these grants will help them remain healthy for future generations.”

Quotes from Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

Kyneton Botanic Gardens is a beautiful meeting place for our community, and this funding will ensure that it remains one of Kyneton’s most wonderful places to visit.”