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Tweed Valley Lawn Cemetery - Proposed Botanic Garden site.

A lawn cemetery has been developed as Stage One of the Botanic Gardens. The integration of the function of a cemetery with the Botanic Gardens is unique and entirely appropriate as it provides a specialised attractive environment that is also scientifically important. This role will continue for mutual benefit as the Botanic Gardens expands and develops along the site.

What is a Botanic Garden?

A Botanic Garden is essentially a specialised park or passive recreation recreation area where visitors can appreciate the intrinsic and botanical values of plants and the use of plants in ornamental horticulture. It also provides facilities for environmental education and specialised botanic and horticultural research.

What is the Significance of the Tweed Botanic Gardens?

The Tweed Botanic Gardens is significant in the regional and national terms for the following principal reasons:
  • The International importance of the environment of the Mount Warning Caldera region has been recognised by World Heritage Listing.
  • The region contains a wealth of unique plant communities and endemic plant species which have significant potential for horticulture.
  • A number of regional species are rare and/or endangered and require establishment ex-site to ensure preservation.
  • There is no other existing Botanic Garden established in this region with specific physical and ecological characteristics offered by this site.

Location and Site Description

The site is located approx 15km east of Murwillumbah, NSW and comprises 158 hectares of mostly northern slopes and spurs of the Condong Range. The area has been subjected to both complete and selective clearing followed by pastoral agricultural uses and some forest regrowth. These processes have resulted in a basically botanically-degrade site with some scattered areas of remnant endemic. This provides optimum conditions for the establishment of a Botanic Gardens that is primarily devoted to the research and interpretation of plant material for ornamental horticulture.

Early beginnings

Tweed Shire Council has for many years been committed to the establishment of a Botanic Gardens.

In 1984, a report by the Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation, recognised the significant natural eco system of the Mount Warning Caldera and the unique plant communities there in. The establishment of a Regional Botanic Gardens in the Tweed Region of New South Wales was recommended.

Tweed Shire Council has purchased land for future use which will result in a site in excess of 170 hectares. Over the next quarter century the Tweed Botanic Gardens will develop into Australia's largest Regional Botanic Gardens.

Project Status

Tweed Shire Council has been developing concepts for a central core area of the Botanical Gardens and has undertaken preliminary investigations for the purposes of development planning applications, including Geotechnical, vegetation and hydrological assessments, along with preliminary civil engineering and landscape architectural concepts.

The project is currently on hold while the site is still an active quarry and no funding is available to commence works due to funding constraints.

Community consultation is planned as part of the process of refining the designs for the core area of the proposed Botanical Gardens site.

Last Updated: 27 November 2018