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Park friends have spring in their step
Jill Rule and Betty Forbes at work in the native seed nursery. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

While many gardeners will take a break in the hot summer months, hundreds of tireless volunteers at Kings Park will be preparing seedlings for next year's plantings.

Betty Forbes has been hard at work this spring making sure rare native seedlings are ready for sale in March.

"It's quite satisfying," she said. "It's pleasant work and good company and we feel we're doing some good to increase the use of native plants and the image of Perth." It is one of many services 1400 volunteers provide through the Friends of Kings Park Association, aiming to improve the unique parkland.

The group will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year and president Martin Revell believes the work is vital to ensure people can continue to enjoy one of the city's best free outdoor recreation spaces.

"I think it's the soul of the city," Mr Revell said. "It's got so many meanings to so many people. It's free, so there's no cost involved for them to go and have a picnic there and really have a good day out."

He said the Friends were helping discover new species and preserve endangered flora in WA.

The Friends of Kings Park is in the running to win up to $150,000 in free marketing and advertising to help boost its fundraising efforts through the Orange Seed Project, supported by _The West Australian _.

The public can vote for their favourite charity at www.theorange seedproject.com.au/view/videos