Project, 2015–2016

Cranbourne Gardens Master Plan 2016–2025

Client, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is dedicated to the conservation, display and enjoyment of plants and extends over the two locations, Melbourne and Cranbourne. Cranbourne Gardens is one of Victoria’s most precious areas of remnant native bushland is recognised as a site of State significance for flora and fauna conservation, with over 25 species listed as endangered, threatened or at risk of extinction.

During the last 20 years, there have been substantial changes in the use of the land surrounding Cranbourne Gardens and much learning about the overall site and its values. With new perspectives and challenges Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is developing a new master plan for the future of the gardens to guide strategic planning for the next 10 years. The master plan will strengthen and expand community relationships with the gardens and inspire a better understanding of the important role and beauty of Australian native plants.

In August 2015 Capire commenced work with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, collaboratively preparing a plan to underpin the engagement process. Over two-months, commencing in November 2015, Capire supported Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to engage with visitors, staff, neighbours, community groups and interested stakeholders to generate and discuss big ideas for the future of the Cranbourne Gardens. Ideas and aspirations were generated through creative workshops and online engagement comprising quick polls, forums and a survey.

The ideas are currently being collated and assessed by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and will be used to prepare the draft master plan for the site. The draft Cranbourne Gardens Master Plan will be released mid–2016.