Botanic Gardens thanks volunteers

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Barbara Daly and Senator Kate Lundy (Photo: Julie Akmacic)
Barbara Daly and Senator Kate Lundy (Photo: Julie Akmacic)

On Wednesday 5 December the Gardens paid tribute to more than 150 volunteers who have worked in the Gardens for very significant times – in one case, 25 years. Most of the volunteers are members of the Friends.

Executive Director Dr Judy West, along with Senator Kate Lundy, thanked the Gardens’ many volunteers at a special ceremony on International Volunteer Day.

“The Gardens wouldn’t be the beautiful place it is without its volunteers. This recognition ceremony is extra special as we celebrate a Gardens’ volunteer who is the first to reach 25 years of continuous service,” Dr West said.

“Barbara Daly has been the In Flower this Week coordinator since 1987 - a wonderful achievement.

“I’d like to thank Barbara and all of our volunteers for the thousands of hours put into the successful running of many programs including the Gardens’ guided walks, lunchtime talks, public events, plant sales and seed collection. Their contribution is amazing and very much valued.”

The ceremony recognised those who have dedicated 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service to the Gardens.

The first official volunteer task at the Australian National Botanic Gardens commenced in 1985 - the production of the weekly information sheet In Flower This Week. Largely thanks to Barbara, it’s still going strong today. Barbara was a founding member of the Friends in 1990 and was made a life-member in 2008.