It is estimated up to 50% of the world’s plant species face extinction and in Australia 10% of our native plant species are listed as threatened. With climate change, habitat destruction and other threats, this number is likely to increase substantially. Botanic gardens are more than just beautiful places to visit. They are leading the fight to save our planet’s biodiversity.
A group of horticulturalists, curators and scientists from the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney have identified the need to step-up our efforts to conserve Australian flora and heritage and will walk 123km from Mangrove Mountain, Central Coast, NSW to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah this Easter to raise money for three endangered native plant species of the Sydney region, which can be found along the walk route.
The fundraising target was set at $6,000 which represents the cost for collecting plant specimens and lodging seeds at the Australian PlantBank, Australian Botanic Garden, to protect the three identified plants from extinction.
With thanks to the many generous supporters who have already donated, the team have gone beyond their target and are extremely appreciative of the support shown. The three threatened plant species will now be saved from extinction which is a fantastic achievement.
Due to the overwhelming support for their cause the walk team have raised their target to $8,000 in the hope they can save another endangered plant species of the Blue Mountains. Any donations beyond this target will go towards protecting our endangered native plant species. If you have not yet donated to the team and would like to help save Australian plant life just click the 'Donate Now' button to show your support.
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
With a mission to inspire the appreciation and conservation of plants, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is a centre of excellence in scientific research, sustainable horticulture, conservation and community engagement. Trust scientists research and conserve species against the global threats to plant biodiversity, educators inspire young people to understand the importance of plants for human survival, and horticulturists tend to the incredible diversity of plant-scapes at the Trust’s three Gardens -the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain in Sydney, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan.
Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens is an independent not-for-profit organisation that works to support the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust through raising funds and community awareness of the Trust’s work. With 50% of all funding coming from non-government sources, increasingly the Trust must rely on generating income through donations and community support.
All funds raised through Everyday Hero will be managed by Foundation & Friends. 100% of funds will go to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust to help continue its vital work.