By Oliver Lees
Macedon Ranges council has received an $180,000 grant to improve its botanical gardens.
The funding will be shared between the Gisborne and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens to improve irrigation design and installation.
Gisborne Botanic Gardens will also receive funding to contribute toward its tree planting program.
Macedon Ranges council assets and operations director Shane Walden said the funding will greatly improve the health of the trees, lawns and gardens at the two sites.
“The botanic gardens at both Gisborne and Malmsbury are well-loved by the community and attract visitors from across the Macedon Ranges,” Mr Walden said.
“Established in the 1850s, the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens is one of Victoria’s earliest regional botanic gardens encompassing a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs, along with a few surprises from its rich past. These works continue to build on its legacy as a key community asset.
“The Gisborne Botanic Gardens are one of the newer gardens in the shire and are a growing community hub”.
The works at Gisborne Botanic Gardens will aim to increase the tree canopy to ensure shade and cover for park users.