Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Wollongong Botanic Garden wins prestigious international accreditation

Wollongong Botanic Garden wins prestigious international accreditation
September 25, 2018

Wollongong Botanic Garden has become the first Australian Botanic Garden to receive Conservation Practitioner Accreditation from Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BCGI).

The Botanic Garden joins a select group of 11 gardens from the US, UK, Netherlands, Mexico, Slovenia and South Africa that recently received the Accreditation, which recognises excellence in plant conservation, policy, sustainable practices and education.

BCGI is an independent organisation based at the Royal Botanic Gardens in the London surburb of Kew.

With a network includes more than 500 botanic gardens in 99 countries, is aim is to unite international organisations in their commitment to saving the world’s threatened plant species.

The Conservation Practitioner Accreditation scheme recognises the actions of botanic gardens that support local, national or global conservation goals. Conservation activities and scientific research, collections, sustainability practices and public education were all considered in the accreditation process.

“This accreditation provides our Botanic Garden with global and local recognition and places us in the company of some renowned gardens across the world like Hortus botanicus Leiden, in the Netherlands and The Eden Project in the UK,” said Karen Holmes, Curator of Wollongong Botanic Garden [Acting]. “It shows that the work we are doing in the Botanic Garden, such as monitoring and propagating the rare Banksia vincentia and our work in propagating more than 1,000 specimens of the critically endangered Bomaderry Zieria, and our support of scientific research is recognised internationally.”

The Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) was established in 1987 to link the botanic gardens of the world in a global network for plant conservation.

In May, the Botanic Garden was one of seven international Botanic Gardens to receive the BGCI’s Botanic Garden Accreditation. The accreditation recognises gardens that have a conservation-oriented approach and follow industry best practice and this latest recognition builds on this previous award showing a greater commitment to support plant conservation.

For more information on the important work the Botanic Gardens Conservation International does and their accreditation process visit their website.

The following botanic gardens are the first recipients of BGCI’s Conservation Practitioner Accreditation:

• Denver Botanic Gardens, United States
• The Eden Project, United Kingdom
• Hortus Botanicus Leiden, Netherlands
• Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, United States
• Jardin Botanico de la Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico
• Montgomery Botanical Center, United States
• National Botanic Garden of Wales, United Kingdom
• North Carolina Botanical Garden, United States
• University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana, Slovenia
• Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, South Africa
• Wollongong Botanic Garden

Image: Wollongong Botanic Garden.

Related Articles

16th July 2018 - Work begins on Wollongong City Council’s first artificial turf sports fields

2nd July 2018 - New ethnobotany garden opens at Singapore Botanic Gardens

24th July 2017 - 20,920 bulbs to bloom for Blue Mountains Botanic Garden 30th Birthday

28th July 2016 - More visitors to NSW’s botanic gardens than ever before

24th May 2016 - Auckland Botanic Gardens backs inaugural Botanic Garden Open Day

29th September 2015 - New Australian Botanic Garden path highlights new grants for Sydney metropolitan parks

26th June 2015 - Australian National Botanic Gardens launches master plan to win back visitors

28th June 2013 - Dunedin Botanic Garden celebrates 150 years

21st June 2010 - New Playground installed at Wollongong Boat Harbour


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail

 
 

Aussie Strength

We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology

 
 

Ecoline

Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…

read more

Attractions / Environment / Safety / Tourism

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

AAC ID SOLUTIONS

AAC ID Solutions is a leading supplier of identification access wristbands, barcoded wristband tickets, lanyards, membership products and RFID solutions for events and venues, working with thousands…

read more

Access / Marketing / Safety / Ticketing

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business