Burswood Park Board maintains an strong commitment to our local environment.
Once an environmental wasteland, Burswood Park is now a Class C Reserve with 56 hectares of parks, gardens and heritage trails on the Swan River foreshore.
Before its transformation, the Park provided no sustainable wildlife habitats. Now, biological diversity is preserved and protected, and the parklands support an array of native fauna and flora, which are major drawcards for visitors.
Nutrient levels in soils and plant material is regularly tested to ensure that chemicals, fertilisers and other applications are applied appropriately to minimise runoff into these sensitive environmental areas.
A large majority of Burswood Park is covered by manicured grass, which is mowed regularly. This ensures that grass clippings can be returned to the surface without creating wind-rows of organic grass waste and, in return, provides nutrient replacement into the soil, which reduces the need for granular fertilisers.
The majority of our green waste derived from trees and shrubs is processed on site, with the resulting mulch used on our garden beds. This reduces weed growth, improves plant growth, minimises moisture loss in the soils surrounding the plants, and provides warmth for the plant's root system during cooler weather.
Appropriate recycling waste bins are also used to collect waste.
Our lakes have been designed with minimal surface areas, in turn reducing water loss through evaporation, resulting in fewer bore water top-ups. Water quality is maintained by regularly dredging and removing organic build up in the bottom of the lakes that often create algae blooms and poor water quality.
We reduce the water we extract from underground reserves by harvesting surface run-off and collecting storm water, which is then pumped into the lakes. This assists with reducing the amount of water taken from below ground water reserves.
More broadly, we maintain and make improvements to our automatic irrigation system which ensures a more efficient delivery system that minimises water wastage and power use. A weather station that communicates with the automatic computerised irrigation system allows immediate changes to be made to the watering requirements of the park.
We proudly support the Swan and Canning river system restoration, rehabilitation and sustainability programs through an annual $3 million funding arrangement that supports healthy catchments, river health, riverbank rehabilitation and community engagement projects. Since its inception in 2009, the Board has proudly contributed a total of $33 million to this important program.