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Nature-based play space at the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens

New playspace open in Botanic Gardens

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 29 October 2020

The Warrnambool Botanic Gardens has always been a popular spot for families, and now it’s even better.

A new playspace using all natural materials was opened on October 28.

Highlights include balance beams the sculpted remains of several salvaged Monterey cypresses lost from the gardens some years ago but carefully stored away, a basalt tunnel and a water play feature.

It was the popular choice during the Victorian Government’s Pick my Project initiative from 2018 and received $195,000 in funding.

The project was held up while concerns from Heritage Victoria over whether the playspace was at odds with the vision of the garden’s designer, William Guilfoyle, were addressed.

In the end, 150 individual letters of support from Warrnambool residents helped convince Heritage Victoria that the play space was not only complementary – it was very much wanted by community.


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