The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, City of Hobart Bushcare Program and the Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania joined forces in 2013 to commence restoring a section of the Derwent Foreshore between the City of Hobart and the Tasman Bridge.
This is an ongoing project that was originally funded through a Caring for Country Community Action grant, auspiced by the Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The project includes significant weed removal works targeting woody weeds and Blackberry. Following the weed removal, planting of local provenance flora was carried out. Seed used to produce the required plant material was collected from the Domain by RTBG staff, led by the Curator of Tasmanian Flora Chris Lang.
The planting was carried out during a number of Community Planting days run by the RTBG and City of Hobart. Those involved in the planting included Coastcare volunteers, Bushcare groups, RTBG Horticulture students, Goulburn Street primary school and Claremont college students plus members of the general public.
As much of Hobart’s foreshore has been developed, this site is significant as one of the few remaining areas of remnant, native vegetation close to the city.
The long term intention of this project is to engage volunteers from the community to play a custodial role in helping to restore the natural values of this area through on-going bush regeneration activities.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens has a strong connection to the River Derwent and the foreshore, and it is very rewarding to be working with our partners and other members of the community to help rehabilitate this highly visible section of the river’s edge.
Please note: Access to the RTBG has been made possible via a specially constructed rail crossing, designed and installed by the Hobart City Council.