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Wittunga Botanic Garden visitors benefit from City Deal boost

Wittunga Botanic Garden visitors benefit from City Deal boost

Date posted: 02 October 2020

Visitors to Wittunga Botanic Garden are enjoying new garden upgrades with more exciting changes yet to come.

The iconic Blackwood estate received the $750,000 funding boost as part of the Adelaide City Deal, a partnership between the Australian and state governments, and the City of Adelaide.

The deal has already led to the creation of a new accessible lakeside trail and improvements to the lake's beach area, making it easier for visitors to connect with nature.

Last year, the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium engaged with the community to discuss the renewal of the Masterplan for Wittunga Botanic Garden, which outlined suggested changes to improve the garden.

Feedback from the community was used to inform a final Masterplan, which guided how the City Deal money was allocated, and this Masterplan has been formally endorsed by the Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs MP.

The City Deal funding has enabled some of the Masterplan activity to begin immediately and the Wittunga Botanic Garden team were delighted to host Minister Speirs on Tuesday 29 September to give a tour of the works currently underway.

Visitors will soon enjoy a new viewing platform over the lake and a nature playspace area being planned, along with a suite of other enhancements.

Families and nature-lovers can already enjoy the fruits of this funding through a peaceful walk around the lake perimeter, or for the little ones, paddle play at the lakeside beach.

Next year, a platform over the lake will give a new vantage point from which to enjoy nature, and children will be discovering more about the environment through brand new nature play spaces.

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, said horticultural staff are also using the funding to renew the plant collections, with a focus on conservation and biodiversity.

“The wide range of South Australian plants on display at Wittunga are climate-adapted and can provide inspiration for sustainable home gardening, especially if you are keen to encourage native butterflies, birds and other wildlife into your neighbourhood,” Dr Sutherland said.

Completion of the viewing platform is expected in December 2020 and the new nature playspace is due for completion in March 2021.

In response to the growing needs of the community, visitors will soon have more time to enjoy Wittunga Botanic Garden with the garden trialling extended opening hours from 31 October 2020:

  • 8.30am until 7pm during daylight savings
  • 8.30am until 5pm during non-daylight savings.

Find out more about the Wittunga Botanic Garden Masterplan.

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