End of an era for WA conservation

Park custodians leave a legacy, writes CHRIS OLNEY

Kings Park deserves its place as Western Australia’s number one tourist destination, notching up close to five million visitors in a “normal” year.

More than 98 per cent of all international visitors to Perth head to Kings Park.

But in the last eight months it’s the locals who have rediscovered its beauty and tranquillity. In the early weeks of COVID lockdown, people flocked to the park to picnic, exercise or just relax on the lawn under the trees. Many visited for the first time in decades and were amazed at what they found.

Covering 400ha, Kings Park is one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world and includes the unique 17ha Western Australian Botanic Garden. Unique, because its focus is exclusively on WA flora, and it displays more than 3000 of more than 13,000 species found in this State. The man who has decided what to include in this smorgasbord of plants, senior curator Grady Brand, has just retired, after 43 years at Kings Park.

His partner Lesley Hammersley, who as director horticulture and conservation has been responsible for the development of many of the new attractions in the park, such as Rio Tinto Naturescape and the Botanic Terraces, is also leaving the park after a 20-year career.

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