Friends of the Rainforest Botanic Gardens management committee secretary Geoff Walker is happy to see 10 years of work pay dividends.
Friends of the Rainforest Botanic Gardens management committee secretary Geoff Walker is happy to see 10 years of work pay dividends. Marc Stapelberg

Friends nurture botanic gardens

IT WASN'T that long ago you had to look down to spot anything at Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, but increasingly you need to crane your neck skyward.

With the garden's local plant life growing at a pace, the Friends of the Botanic Gardens are especially keen for holidaymakers to see the gardens in all their splendour.

Today and next Wednesday, the friends will conduct two free guided tours of the site.

The friends have planted more than 6000 trees at the gardens, which have transformed the Wyrallah Rd site.

"You could look through this knee-high 10 years ago," tour guide Geoff Walker said.

The plant species that now densely fill the gardens are all local.

"Nothing has been taken outside of a 200km radius," he said.

The gardens are all the more remarkable given it has transformed former waste land into a rainforest oasis.

"It shows people what they can do with bare or poor soil," Mr Walker said.

The tours start at 10.30am and run for an hour.

If you are interested in attending, simply turn up at the Botanic Gardens, next to the Lismore Recycling Centre at 313 Wyrallah Rd.



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