Gisborne Botanic Gardens’ future

Gisborne residents are being asked to help frame the future of their botanic gardens.

Their views are wanted by Macedon Ranges council on its draft plan for Gisborne Botanic Gardens, which has been prepared to guide the gardens’ management and development for the next 15 years.

The plan proposes expansion of the gardens’ plant collection and infrastructure and more visits by horticultural enthusiasts, educational groups, tourists and the broader community.

Macedon Ranges mayor Jennifer Anderson said the gardens played an important role.

“We want to ensure the master plan highlights the importance of the site and ensures the gardens continue to provide enjoyment for the whole community for many years to come,” Cr Anderson said.

“We’ve been working closely with the Friends of Gisborne Botanic Gardens and the broader community to ensure this plan looks to the future.”

Public toilets, a gazebo, barbecues, drinking fountains, seating, bins, signage and artwork are some of the new infrastructure the plan proposes. Other recommendations include a bushfoods garden, bird hide and play areas.

To comment, or a council office in Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey or Woodend before May 29.