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Sherwood Arboretum 90th Anniversary

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Enjoy the tranquility of this native park
The wonderful park called Sherwood Arboretum is celebrating its 90th Anniversary on Saturday, 21 March, with a morning of activities and fun, starting at 8 am.

Sherwood Arboretum, 90th anniversary
Image courtesy of the organisation


If you have not discovered the Sherwood Arboretum, then you are missing out on one of the best spots in Brisbane. Located in Jolimont Street, Sherwood, this is a magical park close to the Brisbane river. It has all the amenities: a kid's playground, picnic seats, barbecues, lots of empty space for games, and toilets, nestled amidst a beautiful bush parkland. It is a great place for a picnic and a walk.

Sherwood arboretum, playground
The shady playground. Image courtesy of Wikipedia


Off to one side is the river, and you can walk along and down the pontoon, watching for jumping fish and other wildlife. The park is great if you like birds, as it teems with bird life, as well as butterflies and lizards. To the other side is a seemingly endless number of trees and wide open spaces for exploring. This is one of those great parks where you can't see its boundaries unless you are up close to them.

Sherwood Arboretum, Brisbane river, 90th celebrations
Image courtesy of Wikipedia


The Arboretum was established on 21 March, 1925 as Brisbane's first arboretum devoted to Australian native trees. For the occasion, 72 Queensland kauri (Agathis robusta) were planted in a central line, named Sir Matthew Nathan Avenue after the Governor of Queensland. It was initially known as Sherwood Forest Park.

Today, Sherwood Arboretum is home to a valuable collection of more than 1000 tree specimens. The Aroboretum differs from many other parks, in that it has retained a feel of natural bush, rather than a built or created park. Many of the attractions, such as the river and creek, are naturally occurring. For many of these reasons, it was added to the Queensland Heritage in 2007.

Sir Matthew Nathan Avenue, Sherwood Arboretum
Sir Matthew Nathan Avenue, image courtesy of Wikipedia


This history is being celebrated on Sat 21 March, 2015, with a range of events, starting with a free junior fun run at 8am.

At 8.30am, an Anniversary Grove will be planted, followed by an introduction from a number of speakers, including Lord Mayor Graham Quirk; and Mr Ross McKinnon, AM, the long-serving, and recently retired, Curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha.

Following this, there will be the planting of a kauri plant in the Sir Matthew Nathan Avenue, and then a BBQ to raise funds for the Friends of Sherwood Arboretum (FOSA). Buy a sausage and a coffee; why not stay and explore the park. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the whole day here.

Sherwood Arboretum parks,
Image courtesy of Wikipedia


For more information about the park and how to book it's facilities, see the Brisbane City Council website here.
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Why? Celebrate 90 years of a unique park
When: 8am -10am
Phone: 3278 6525
Where: Jolimont st, Sherwood
Cost: Free, some items available to purchase
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