Warrnambool City Council and Friends of Swan Reserve sign MOU

Warrnambool’s James Swan Reserve’s profile will be lifted with it becoming an annex to the city’s botanic gardens. 

Friends of Swan Reserve president Kevin Sparrow said the historic Warrnambool Botanic Gardens would complement the native gardens on Raglan Parade. 

He said the friends’ long-term goal was to have the redeveloped site included on council maps to encourage people to visit.

New link: Friends of Swan Reserve president Kevin Sparrow and Warrnambool Botanic Gardens curator John Sheely  with one of the new signs at Swan Reserve to help lift its profile. Picture: Morgan Hancock

New link: Friends of Swan Reserve president Kevin Sparrow and Warrnambool Botanic Gardens curator John Sheely with one of the new signs at Swan Reserve to help lift its profile. Picture: Morgan Hancock

“Much the way the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens are an annex to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens - that’s the native version of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens - this is our smaller version,” Mr Sparrow said.

“The botanic gardens are Guilfoyle designed so it’s got that heritage value, where Swan Reserve is completely different. It complements it.”

Warrnambool Botanic Gardens curator John Sheely said there was a memorandum of understanding between the friends and the Warrnambool City Council and Swan Reserve was included in the botanic gardens ten year masterplan. “It’s a nice fit,” he said.