Many hands make light work as Lismore labyrinth is built
Over 160 people walked to the summit of the newly created Hoop Pine Forest Walk at the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Open Day on Sunday.
They each carried a small rock to bring to life a labyrinth in a clearing at the top.
The plans for the walk and labyrinth had been in place for over a year and the walk was officially opened by Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell.
Over 60 children also attended the Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the forest.
The forest was planted in 1985 as a camphor control demonstration plot.
Three of those involved in the planting – Robert Dyson, Peter Stace and David Cameron – attended the opening.
President of the Friends of the Gardens, Marie Matthews, thanked all those who had assisted in the creation of the Forest Walk, including:
Nick Alderson who designed the path with Greg Buckler from the Lismore Waste Facility; Calvin Conlon who excavated the path; the volunteers who cleared the site, made seats, special small feature spots, and signs for the walk; Rod Little and Nev Lloyd who designed the chimes and; the Village Artists who added the mosaics to rocks.
With the assistance of the Aboriginal Advisory Group and local mental and physical health workers, in particular Andrew and Jeni Binns, the walk is being continually improved to provide quiet places for meditation and contemplation.
Another event coming up is World Environment Day on June 2.
Schools from the region will celebrate the day and students will again enjoy the Gardens, learn about being Water Wise and visit the Waste Facility.