Over 30 years ago community members with vision dared to dream of carving a flora reserve out of a degraded site 5km south of Batemans Bay. Ten hectares of clay and topsoil were removed to construct the Deep Creek dam wall for the community water supply in 1982.
The Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens was formed in September 1986.
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens is an extraordinary example of community action – and of long term vision for future generations.
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens is an extraordinary example of community action – and of long term vision for future generations. In the ensuing years Friends, Eurobodalla Shire Council and the community, through vision and hard work, have created a community asset, focussing solely on indigenous plants from the region, making it unlike any other in the world.
The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens provide the community with an enjoyable and educational experience. Eight kilometres of beautiful walks, shade and native flora await the visitor. Seats along the walks, playing space, and free barbecues attract families.
The Gardens provide an opportunity for community members to involve themselves in maintaining a unique community facility, regarded as the flagship conservation site of the Eurobodalla Shire.
Friends raise funds, obtain grant funding and freely give many hours of volunteer labour to support and develop these Gardens. Their achievements include:
Visitor numbers have risen year by year as the Gardens mature: in 2008/2009, 23,474 people visited the Gardens, from local, intra- and interstate, and overseas. Visitor numbers have skyrocketed with more than 56,000 visiting in 2015/2016. ERBG provides an open space that is accessible to all and does not charge an entry fee.
The relationship between Eurobodalla Shire Council and Friends is one of mutual assistance and support. The ratio of community volunteers to paid staff is extraordinarily high compared with other Botanic Gardens across NSW and ACT. Many volunteers are members of the Friends.
Assist With the Shire's Environmental Education Program for More Than 500 Year 4 Primary School Students Annually
Through their work as volunteers, members of the Friends of ERBG are protecting and enhancing our natural environment through the conservation of a significant collection of Australian native flora. Their support means that the Gardens provides research, information and a display of plant life and its horticultural value. In times of drought, educating the community about growing native plants fits in with other public initiatives to save water.
Over the past 30 years Friends (and Eurobodalla Shire Council as our main/major partner) has worked with many groups to achieve the Gardens we have today. Our partners have included:
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