Featured artist: Shannon Crees

Cooks River Valley Garden

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Friends of the Cooks River Valley Garden

Concept plan for the Cooks River Valley Garden

Construction will commence in September to upgrade the Cooks River Valley Garden. Visit this page if you're interested in seeing the concept plan for the work.

This native garden next to the Jets Sports Club at Tempe Reserve was designed to showcase the indigenous plants of the Cooks River Valley for local landscapers and residents. The garden was inspired by the book, Missing Jigsaw Pieces: The Bushplants of the Cooks River Valley (by Doug Benson, Danie Ondinea and Virginia Bear; Published Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, 1999).

All the plants used in the garden have been propagated from local seed stock by the community nurseries in Marrickville, Randwick and Strathfield. The first plant was put in the ground in September 2001 and the garden is still a work in progress.

While much volunteer effort has been put into this garden over the last 10 year, the Friends of the Cooks River Valley Garden is unfortunately no longer active and so there are no current dates for volunteer working bees.

However, a Cooks River Valley Garden Management Plan was completed in March 2011. This plan outlines work to take place over the next 5-10 years so that the garden can achieve its aim of being a showcase of native plants and plant communities of the Cooks River Valley and encourage community members to participate again in the garden's development.

For more information or if you would like to register as a volunteer to revive the Friends of the Cooks River Valley Garden, contact Council's Biodiversity Coordinator on (02) 9392 5000 or e-mail biocoord@marrickville.nsw.gov.au