Lotterywest grant helps Friends of Kings Park host annual event

Lotterywest grant helps Friends of Kings Park host annual event

KINGS Park will host a month-long spring festival this year thanks to a $100,000 grant from Lotterywest.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the grant to volunteer group Friends of Kings Park was the sixth successive year Lotterywest had supported the community event.

“People from all walks of life will have the chance to enjoy a great program of free activities and exhibitions throughout September, while gaining an appreciation for Western Australian plants and our spectacular wildflowers in particular,” Mr Jacob said.

“The grant will enable Friends of Kings Park to help the community learn how precious our natural environment is, and the role we can all play in its conservation.”

The Minister commended Friends of Kings Park on “the fantastic job they do on behalf of the community”.

“For more than 20 years, they have supported Kings Park and the Western Australian Botanic Garden through volunteering, advocacy, fundraising and obtaining valuable grant funding such as this,” he said.

Friends of Kings Park volunteers are involved in activities including bushland and garden care, education, growing and selling native plants, and assisting with research.

The theme of this year’s Kings Park Festival is ‘Floral Fantasy’.

About 30,000 new plants are being planted now in preparation.

The Western Australian Botanic Garden differs markedly from other botanic gardens as it focuses almost entirely on WA’s native flora.

Its cultural and scientific work celebrates the unique and abundant biodiversity of this State.

The Kings Park Festival will run from September 1-30.

All festival activities are free.