Gardens for Good

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Turning your responsible actions into a tourism experience

The following example demonstrates how an operator's property and sustainability message can be used to support a community event and add value to the visitor experience.

Introducing a garden walk with a difference.

The community run Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival includes a Sculpture Garden event with regional artists work displayed in a tranquil setting amongst the National Trust listed landscape. This years event is set at Crystal Creek Meadows where a conservation walk has been designed to engage visitors with the merits of protecting the natural heritage and living a more sustainable life. This extends Crystal Creek Meadows' responsible tourism impacts by promoting the merits of conservation to both the local community, other tourism operators and leading political and social figures within the wider community. Over 1,000 visitors are expected. All will have the opportunity to buy an information pack. There has been media and peak body support.

Visitors to the event will enjoy a display of 53 regional artists’ works and then be able to stroll along the 1.5 km interpretive walk through Crystal Creek Meadows’ gardens. The 16 acre property was mostly beef grazing paddocks, but has undergone a programme of regeneration during the last seven years.

Today it is devoted to gardens, parkland and conservation. There are 21 features highlighted along the walk. They demonstrate how gardens and conservation can work together, explain the property's sustainability projects (solar, water and waste management and food production), and point out local cultural heritage values.

Crystal Creek Meadows is an official supporter of the UN International Year of Forests 2011 and has used this campaign to highlight the use of native trees as household cleaning products, firewood and as a source of food. The UN campaign endorses the walk's educational message.

Visitors can also attend a talk where I shall share the experience of developing the property over the last seven years and then offer a guided tour of the walk. Tours are at 1:30 on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May.

How can you used the UN campaign?

About the UN International Year of Forests 2011

The International Year of Forests 2011 is a UN program to celebrate the central role of people in the conservation and sustainable management & development of our world’s forests. Participating organisations seek to raise awareness of the value of forests to provide shelter for people and habitat to biodiversity; are a source of food, medicine and clean water; and play a vital role in maintaining a stable global climate and environment. The UN International Year of Forests raises awareness that forests are vital to the survival and well being of people everywhere, all 7 billion of us.

  • Forests are home to 80% of our terrestrial biodiversity
  • The livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests
  • Forests are home to 300 million people around the world
  • 30% of forests are used for production of wood and non-wood products
  • Trade in forest products was estimated at $327 billion in 2004
  • Forests cover 31% of total land area

Read more about the UN International Year of Forests 2011