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Tim Neville Arboretum

Tim Neville Arboretum
Tim Neville Arboretum

The story of the Arboretum

The land which is now the Arboretum was originally owned by the Dobson family and operated as an apple orchard. Knox City Council acquired the land in 1975. In 1988 the Arboretum won the Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s award for Best Bicentennial Project in the Metropolitan Area and in 1995 it won a City Pride award for Most Effective Tourist Attraction.

Constructed in 1988, the Tim Neville Arboretum was the City of Knox’s major project for the Bicentenary. It is situated on 4.4 hectares of land on a site that was previously an orchard. The arboretum was conceived as a site which could exemplify the potential of how people’s gardens could look through careful selection of vegetation. Local businesses and the community have been heavily involved in the planting, art and construction.

Who is Tim Neville?

The Arboretum was officially renamed the Tim Neville Arboretum in 1993 in honour of the late Chief Executive of the City of Knox, whose vision and initiative was a key factor in establishing what has come to be known as ‘The People’s Park’.

Our park

Community participation was prevalent throughout the Arboretum construction phase and has resulted in a strong sense of ownership by local residents and user groups. Art has been installed extensively throughout the site and the public have assisted in the development of most pieces of artwork. School children planted trees, local companies donated materials and many Knox families and businesses donated trees. Service clubs built BBQs and hundreds of children and residents designed and crafted tiles which are located throughout the site.

A Community Adventure Playground was opened on site in 1996 – again with the community providing construction assistance. This playground was renewed in 2010.

In 2015 the two lakes within the Arboretum went through a significant renewal and rebuild, with one lake being converted to a stormwater treatment and habitat wetland.

To maintain the Arboretum as one of Knox's premier parks a Management Plan was developed in 2008 with substantial community input. Works continue to be done on an annual basis to implement the recommendations of the Management Plan.

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