Landscape Maintenance Working in the gardens and grounds of the National Trust’s places continues to attract new enthusiastic volunteers and relationships with grounds volunteers are being built upon. The team’s Garden Maintenance Officer has developed relationships with relevant societies such as the Australian Garden History Society, WA Chrysanthemum Society, and Fremantle Men’s Shed.
Fremantle Men’s Shed installing custom-made tree props on the old English mulberry at Samson House. Photo: NTWA.
Examples of shared activities include construction of custommade tree props at Samson House by the Fremantle Men’s Shed; the donation of approximately 50 plants by the WA Chrysanthemum Society along with assistance with their planting and maintenance; the collection of heritage rose cuttings from Kodja Place in Kojonup for propagation; and volunteer assistance from the ‘Waroona Swap Shuffle Share’ garden club. Construction of a small propagation structure at Samson House is being planned to enable the reproduction of some of the significant plants from various properties. This will enable succession planning for older trees and other heritage plants that potentially may be made available for sale to the public in the future. Lotterywest Grant Application An application for $2,834,480 was approved by Lotterywest at its June 2018 board meeting. The proposed three year funding program includes a $1,575,070 cash and $523,209 in-kind contribution from the National Trust, and $452,450 in other cash and in-kind support.
Heritage variety chrysanthemums at Samson House. Photo: NTWA.
The support of Lotterywest will enable a number of strategically aligned aims to be achieved including improvements to: membership and volunteer programs; community engagement; Aboriginal heritage programs; access and inclusion; urgent conservation works; improvement of the visitor experience; and an increased understanding of the heritage values of National Trust places and collections. The proposed three year program of activities has been developed to increase the community’s involvement and engagement with heritage in Western Australia. In addition to the grant funding, the National Trust will be working with partners and sponsors and will focus on enhancing our Heritage Appeals program.
Taking cuttings from heritage roses at Kodja Place. Photo: NTWA.