Canberra’s National Capital Authority is considered the jewel in the crown when it comes to providing open spaces services to an iconic and prestigious Australian landmark.
A site that endears millions of domestic and international tourists alike every year, the NCA envelopes approximately 120 hectares and includes world renowned parklands and gardens like that of the Parliamentary Triangle, the National Rose Garden, the Commonwealth Gardens, Action Peninsula, King’s Park and Old Parliament House.
Awarded the contract for the provision of open spaces maintenance and management services in April 2010, the preceding 16 months has seen the Citywide team reinvigorate the gardens horticultural appeal and provide a standard of service appropriate to the site’s national significance.
Encompassing a range of both native and exotic plants throughout the diverse parkland settings, the NCA’s crowning glory is its 10,000 roses sprinkled throughout the ‘Old Parliament House Rose Garden’ and the ‘National Rose Garden’.
Working in conjunction with the ‘Friends of the Rose Garden’ volunteer group, Citywide have been able to nurture these roses back to health and back to their former glory. Coupled with these efforts, the Citywide team has also undertaken numerous initiatives to enhance the overall ambience of the gardens, including planting programs, site maintenance, the restoration of seating pavilions, pergolas, pathways, gateways and the resurfacing of existing tennis courts and bowling green.
With many of the gardens dating back to the late 1920’s, it was imperative Citywide could provide a service that would showcase and reinforce Canberra’s value, rich heritage and unique cultural appeal.
Commenting on Citywide’s work to date, Citywide’s Managing Director Kerry Osborne had nothing but praise for Operations Manager Duncan Howard and his staff. “Duncan and his team have really appealed to the garden’s heritage, whilst also applying new sustainable landscape management strategies, which has not only improved the garden’s look and feel but has also aided plant resilience in extreme weather conditions.”
“Ultimately, the Citywide Canberra team has done an outstanding job in enabling the restoration of these historic gardens back to their rightful esteem,” said Kerry.