Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
In a mature garden site that is over 160 years old, new landscape development projects are important to ensure the continued vigour of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. New projects provide opportunities to communicate key messages to our visitors, while maintaining relevance to contemporary environmental trends. However, any development must also fit with the culture and history of the site.
In 1997, RBG Melbourne compiled a comprehensive Master Plan document, which examines and analyses the cultural, historical, botanical and scientific significance of the Melbourne site. The Master Plan details the outlook for the Gardens’ landscape features, living collections and historic structures and sets the direction for the Gardens’ ongoing conservation, enhancement and use by the community.
Since 1997, a number of recommendations in the original Master Plan have been implemented, while others have been re-considered. The past decade has also seen some major new challenges arise, particularly relating to climate and water use. A Ten Year Review of the Master Plan was completed in 2008. This document takes account of these and other issues, and re-sets the planning framework for the coming decade.
Sustainability is a key element of projects that are planned or already underway. Conservation of water resources and use of renewable products are key elements of landscape development.
Last updated 01 Jun 2010