Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Inc (FLRBG)

 

FLRBG is a non-profit group of volunteers working in conjunction with the Lismore City Council to establish, develop and maintain the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. The Friends were officially formed in December 1998 but the dream of establishing a Botanic Garden in the Lismore area had been around since 1988. The Gardens opened officially in June 2013

These Gardens  are been established on waste land on the southern outskirts of Lismore. Walking through the lush rainforest that is now emerging it is hard to imagine that it was ever less than beautiful. We grow only native plants – mostly rainforest - which are endemic to an area within 200kms of the city of Lismore in northern NSW. 

This is a wonderful place to visit with big colourful information signs, individual tree labels, paths, seats, picnic areas and of course a superb collection of local rainforest plants. It is great place to take visitors, for kids to explore or a delightful place to just be. There are many places to walk and an added attraction is the native wildlife.  Visitors Centre was officially opened recently but will only be opened occasionally for time being.  Always open on work days.  

 

HOOP PINE FOREST   -  A gently graded walking loop path that goes right up to the top of the hill in the Hoop Pine Forest has been constructed. Basic signs are in position and it is becoming an interesting and popular place to walk in the cool ambience of the huge Araucaria cunninghmamii trees. The path was officially opened in 2016 and hundreds of visitors carried stones to the top to help build our labyrinth! 

WORK DAYS AT THE GARDENS    are usually held on the last Sunday of each month and every Wednesday morning. Wear protective clothing, bring insect repellent and sunscreen. We work for about three hours including time for morning tea... so bring a cuppa and something to eat. MT is a good time to converse in an enthusiastic group of people, to share ideas and enjoy being in a beautiful natural environment,  as well as helping to build a Botanic Garden!   

OUR NEXT SUNDAY WORKDAY  is on 30 July- Gate open for volunteers at 8.00 till 8.30am then again for the public at 9 am.

As 30 July is NATIONAL TREE DAY we will be having a special planting at 9.30am. We would love you to come and be involved. This will be followed by a Guided Walk at 10.30am focussing on trees that are of particular interest.  Self Guided walks will be on all day  - brochures are in info boxes or in Visitors Centre,  which  will be open till lunch time..  At this time of the year the Gardens are a great place to enjoy the warm sunshine to have Morning Tea or Lunch  in any of the picnic areas - bring your own!  Contact Us

WEDNESDAY WORK GROUP each week starting at 8.00 am   

TUESDAY PROPAGATION GROUP   each Tuesday morning at the Gardens 8.00 am.  Contact Us 

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING at Education Centre at Gardens    Saturday 15 July 2017 at 9.15 am 

February 2017 edition of our Newsletter is  available.  Articles are now being accepted for August 2017 Issue due for publication early August. 

 

Plant Biodiversity

On a recent episode of the ABC radio programme ‘First Bite’ the topic discussed was the importance of increasing the biodiversity of food plants throughout the world.  At present less than a dozen flowering plants account for 80 per cent of our diet – a very narrow selection from the possible available food plants. 

A group of international scientists who attended the Crop Wild Relative Genomics meeting in Asilomar, California in December 2012 published in a recent  ‘Nature’ magazine. They feel that climate change, water and land shortages, soil degradation and an ever increasing population are all very real  threats to Planet Earth’s ability to feed its people.  In order to cope with the changing times, the future of a sufficient supply of food will have to involve a much more diverse group of food crops than are currently being used. The scientists argue that the key to obtaining that diversity is to open old seed vaults and refresh the gene pool with ancient and landrace species of edible plants.

‘Seed banks, which store a wide variety of plants, are a massively untapped resource for feeding an ever-expanding human population’, says Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch.  She and the other scientists called for a massive global effort to sequence the genomes of the potential food plants currently held in 1,700 seed banks across the world.  ‘Gene banks hold hundreds of thousands of seeds and tissue culture materials collected from farmers’ fields and from wild, ancestral populations, providing the raw material that plant breeders need to create crops of the future,’ McCouch stated.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rnfirstbite/seeding-the-future/4823894

 

 http://www.salon.com/2013/07/09/breeding_the_food_of_the_future_partner/

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