New Nature Play Area Coming to Sherwood Arboretum

Sherwood Arboretum
Photo credit: Friends of Sherwood Arboretum/Facebook

As Sherwood Arboretum approaches its centenary in March 2025, a series of upgrades are underway to enhance this beloved green space. 


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The improvements will focus on completing a new nature play area, installing interpretive signage, and refurbishing the iconic Kauri Pine Avenue.

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Cr Nicole Johnston recently announced a significant $590,000 investment from Council for these enhancements. This funding will be used to finish the new nature play area, produce and install interpretive signage, and undertake work on the Kauri Pine Ave. Additionally, a new shade sail will provide extra coverage for the playground.

Photo credit: Friends of Sherwood Arboretum/Facebook

The centrepiece of these renovations is the playground upgrade, designed to create an enriched and more accessible play environment. Plans include replacing existing decking, installing new equipment and furniture, and adding a second pathway. 

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Sherwood Arboretum
Photo credit: Friends of Sherwood Arboretum/Facebook

The enhanced space will feature sensory and interactive elements that complement the arboretum’s botanical theme, while also ensuring compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Established in 1925 on World Forestry Day, Sherwood Arboretum has grown from a sparse collection of native Australian trees to a diverse 15-hectare haven boasting approximately 1,100 trees across 250 species. Its varied botanical collections include riverine, dry rainforest, dry sclerophyll, and freshwater wetland areas, with the grand avenue of 72 kauri pines serving as its crown jewel.

Sherwood Arboretum
Photo credit: Friends of Sherwood Arboretum/Facebook

As the centenary approaches, the Friends of Sherwood Arboretum are gearing up for a busy year of celebrations. The group recently held its annual meeting to elect new executive members, demonstrating the continued community involvement that has been crucial to the arboretum’s success.

The upgrades, expected to be completed by mid-2024, will ensure that the arboretum enters its second century as a revitalised space for relaxation, discovery, and conservation. As part of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens collection, it stands as a testament to the city’s commitment to preserving green spaces and fostering environmental education.


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With these improvements, Sherwood Arboretum is set to continue its dual role as both a serene retreat for visitors and a vital resource for botanical research and education. As it prepares to mark 100 years of growth, the arboretum looks forward to welcoming new generations of nature enthusiasts, ensuring its legacy flourishes for centuries to come.

Published 27-June-2024