Aboriginal Plant Use Trail

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Ngunnamal elder Aunty Agnes Shea launches the trail (Photo: Alan Munns)
Ngunnamal elder Aunty Agnes Shea launches the trail (Photo: Alan Munns)

A new self-guided walk, funded by the Friends, was launched on January 21st 2016 by Ngunnawal elder, Aunty Agnes Shea and Barbara Podger, chair of the Friends' Public Fund. The event was reported by ABC News.

The trail features 27 plants important to Indigenous people, ranging from the coastal native raspberry (Rubus moluccanus) to the quandong (Santalum acuminatum) found in the drier Australian interior. The Aboriginal Plant Use trail winds through the Rainforest Gully, Conifer Garden, Rock Garden and Monocot Garden with interpretive signs telling how Aboriginal people used each of the featured plants.

A brochure is available online and from the Visitor Centre. The Gardens' website has lots of useful information on aboriginal plant use.

The Friends of the ANBG, through the Public Fund, paid for:

  • 27 interpretive panels, including posts and installation
  • Graphic design of the panels and brochure/map

The total financial contribution of the Friends is approximately $13,000.