Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

World Environment Day 2014

On 5 June we celebrated World Environment Day, a day which saw a hive of activity in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Volunteers from new Corporate Club members KPMG enjoyed a tour of the Garden, before setting to work mulching and planting in the Rainforest Walk. Meanwhile, enthusiastic Trust donors took a tour of the nursery and a hands-on lesson on fern spore propagation.

Following the volunteer session, Kim Ellis, Executive Director, and Brett Summerell, Director of Sciences, spoke to the group on the Trust’s important conservation work. 

“One of the best things about having enthusiastic volunteers is they remind us all of what a great place the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is to work, and how lucky we are to work outside in such a beautiful environment. So it was definitely a case of win win”, commented Senior Horticulturist, Paul Nicholson, who led the KPMG volunteers. It was a great and rewarding day for all involved.

Earlier that day, Kim Ellis joined staff and local school children at the Australian Botanic Garden to mark the 20th anniversary of an environment time capsule buried in the Garden as part of World Environment Day celebrations in 1994.

Children from seven local schools, including Mount Annan Primary School and Narellan Public School, contributed letters and drawings to the time capsule which portrayed their hopes and dreams for the future of the environment - to be read when the capsule is opened in 2044.

Additional contents in the capsule include seeds from woodland trees collected at the time of the Garden’s opening in 1988, staff photos, local newspapers, brochures and the Garden’s annual report. The final item deposited in the stainless steel ‘beer keg’ capsule by twelve noon on 5 June.

A video recorded on the 20th anniversary of the time capsule burial at the Australian Botanic Garden was shared with other Botanic Gardens, including The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


 From left: Dawn Dallas Relieving Principal Mount Annan Public School with Caitlin O’Flynn and Piper Sutton from Mount Annan Public School, Shaylee Crowe and Gabrielle De-nuntiis from Narellan Public School with Narellan Public School Principal Dale Sessions. Back row from left: Kim Ellis - Executive Director Sydney Parklands and Botanic Gardens, and right: Peter Cuneo - Manager Natural Heritage, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

KPMG volunteer

 KPMG staff at work in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney