Rose Hand takes in the natural beauty of the Number 1 Discovery trail at Lismore Botanic Gardens.
Rose Hand takes in the natural beauty of the Number 1 Discovery trail at Lismore Botanic Gardens. Jay Cronan

Bridge makes rainforest accessible

MANY hands make beautiful rainforests, according to Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens volunteer co-ordinator Rose Hand.

This week a new bridge leading to a discovery trail will be opened.

The trail will take visitors though a previously inaccessible dry rainforest section of the park.

The bridge was built by volunteers who are part of work group Ms Hand, a horticulturist, co-ordinates.

The group meets weekly to plant, mulch, weed, propagate and design of the garden.

Ms Hand said the volunteers had achieved a lot, but more could be done with more volunteers.

The opening of the new bridge this Saturday would be a chance for the public to come and walk through the gardens; there will be guided tours all day.

It was also hoped the day may attract some new volunteers, Mr Rose said.

The gardens were particularly interested in hearing from someone with fundraising skills.

The track features an old eucalyptus grandis, or flooded gum as it is commonly known.

The tree, instead of being typically tall and straight, is twisted and misshapen with low branches spreading out in all directions.

The big gum's contorted appearance is the result of a trauma caused by flood, animal or insect damage.

The open day will be held this Sunday, with the bridge being opened by Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell at 10.30am.

The gardens are at 322 Wyrallah Rd, Lismore.



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