Spring is in the air
  • Friday 15 August 2008

Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival

The Sunshine Coast Spring wildflower festival launched today at the beautiful Maroochy botanic gardens.

The Sunshine Coast Council along with 17 co-partners has lined up a medley of activities for all ages and interests to run over two weeks.

Aimed at celebrating and increasing awareness for the rich diversity of native species on the Sunshine Coast, activities range from wonders of the wallum walks and canoeing the creek to a stingless bee workshop. There are over 30 free activities available; a full program can be downloaded from the events page on the Sunshine Coast council website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Suzanne Aspland, Environment Education officer for council enthused that the free talks, walks, exhibitions and workshops should increase awareness and appreciation for the unique and in some cases threatened species within our local ecosystem.

“We have such a stunning range of flora on the Sunshine Coast, this festival promotes not only the flowers, but also the ecologically significant natural conservation areas across the coast” she said.

“This festival will appeal to so many interest groups, not just gardeners and wildflower enthusiasts but also those interested in walking, photography, art, conservation or simply the natural essence of the Sunshine Coast”.

“We gave an overview today of a proposed educational program being developed to encourage students to learn more about their local native plant species; this is a great opportunity to instill appreciation for the natural environment at an early age”.