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Quirky's Quirks: Sherwood Arboretum

It's not just historic buildings and landmarks that gives Brisbane its name according to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, but also each distinct part of its natural history and how the town has continued to study its native plants and wildlife. 

  • In March 1925 a 15 hectare arboretum was opened on the banks of the Brisbane River, which is now known as the popular Sherwood Arboretum.
  • The arboretum was originally established as a place to study trees, in particular native Queensland trees.

  • In 1922, the Queensland Government botanist Cyril Tenison White began to raise public awareness about the need for a place to study native trees near the city.

  • Brisbane City Council investigated the possibility of establishing an arboretum in Victoria Park or Mt Coot-tha but both sites were rejected due to the lack of suitability.

  • In March 1924 the Government botanist, Director of Forests and Botanic Gardens curator inspected the site at Sherwood and on World Forestry Day in 1925 the arboretum was opened.

  • To celebrate the opening 72 Kauri (KOU-REE) trees were planted by the local community including Brisbane’s first Lord Mayor, William Jolly.

  • The same year students from Sherwood State School also planted 100 trees of 50 different species.

  • Many of the long lived fig trees have inscriptions from couples who have declared their love in the bark of the trees.

  • Since 1925, the arboretum has grown in size and today more than 1,100 trees of over 300 native Australian species have been planted in the arboretum.

  • The arboretum also continues to be of significant environmental importance to the local area with the planting of rare and endangered trees.

  • The heritage listed Sherwood arboretum comprises of parkland, freshwater lagoons, a playground, a riverside boardwalk and is a popular outdoor space for residents.

  • You can visit the arboretum and enjoy a BBQ or picnic and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

  • For more information about the arboretum visit Council’s website www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

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