Euroa Arboretum: 2022 Winner – Thriving environment

Last updated: 9 December 2022
arboretum with assorted green grasses, yellow flowers and a log in the foreground, and tress in the distance The Euroa Arboretum is the Community Champion award winner in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2022 – Thriving environment category.

The Euroa Arboretum was little more than a degraded paddock when a team of volunteers took on the challenge of restoring it to its pre-colonial state as a grassy woodland.

Now, the thriving green space is home to 60 different grasses, daisies, lilies and peas, as well as insects, birds, reptiles and gliders.

The restoration efforts have been embraced by the local community, from 5-year-olds at bush kinder assisting with seed collection and butterfly studies, to faithful volunteers who enjoy collecting, cleaning and then sowing seeds back into the site.

Taungurung Traditional Owners have also played an important role in this project, working collaboratively with the project team to manage the restoration of the grassland.

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