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‘Gardens for Wildlife’ Scheme officially launched

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, David Lewellyn, launched ‘Gardens for Wildlife' at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens on Friday 29 August 2008.  It was a perfect day and a perfect setting for the launch which was well attended. 

"This exciting new initiative of the Department of Primary Industries and Water Private Land Conservation Program provides the opportunity for people with small blocks of land and gardens to get actively involved in conserving our State's wildlife".

The scheme has developed as a sister program to the hugely successful, long-running Tasmanian Land for Wildlife scheme and provides an opportunity for the wider community to get involved in conserving native species.

There is growing recognition of the importance of the role of wildlife in and around cities and towns, and there are real benefits to the whole community from making wildlife-friendly spaces and getting involved in more environment-friendly practices in urban and sub-urban gardens.

Already there are nearly 100 members with the overwhelming message of the need to increase awareness of the role home gardeners can play in biodiversity conservation and to encourage others to welcome wildlife in their gardens.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens kindly provided the afternoon tea following the launch which was held in the Gardens Restaurant followed by brief guided tours looking at the RTBG Tasmanian Plants Program lead by RTBG staff.

The launch was attended by a number of ‘Gardens for Wildlife' members as well as DPIW staff, ‘Gardens for Wildlife' partners, and Mayors and staff from several municipalities.  The Welcome was provided by Dr Aidan Davison (UTAS) with Mark Fountain (RTBG) providing a brief overview of the RTBG Tasmanian Plants Program and invitation to the guided tours - both Aidan and Mark have been active in the development of the ‘Gardens for Wildlife' scheme.

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The formal and enthusiastic announcement that ‘Gardens for Wildlife' is launched.  Hon David Lewellyn MP, Mark Fountain (RTBG) and Dr Aidan Davison (UTAS)

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Mark Fountain (RTBG), Dr Aidan Davison (UTAS) and Hon David Lewellyn MP

 

Photos by Simon de Salis, DPIW