A modern wooden staircase is being replaced with a log staircase in a Perth suburb.
Key points:The wooden stairs have been installed at the Royal Botanic Gardens in a move that will help reduce the amount of litter the park has to deal withSource: Perth Parks and Wildlife Department (PWD)A park ranger said the wooden staircase has a “really strong connection to nature” and is “the right thing to do” to keep the park and its natural environment healthy.
The wooden staircase was installed by a ranger in the park at a cost of $500,000.
It has been a long time coming for the park ranger, who had originally installed a wooden staircase in the Botanic Garden.
“I think we’ve had a really strong connection with nature over the years,” said Senior Ranger Craig Dutton.
“The wood is the same colour as the rock that it sits on.
The log is very solid, and has been very well maintained over the last 50 years.”
The wood has been maintained for more than a century, and the rangers say they have not had to replace it since the 1970s.
Mr Dutton said the ranger’s personal experience of working in the parks helped him appreciate the importance of keeping the natural environment in balance.
“As a ranger, I know that there is always going to be a need for change,” he said.
“But when you start seeing that change, that is a bit more exciting.”
Mr Dyson said it was important to keep in mind that the log staircase had been in use for more that 50 years.
“There are times when it doesn’t look as good as it used to,” he explained.
“You might not like the appearance of the stairs, or you might have to put them in the bin, but they will still function.”
He said the ranger’s experience was not uncommon, as a growing number of parks across Australia had installed wood stairways in their gardens.
“If you have a large natural area, a natural area that is open to the public, you have to keep that open to people,” he noted.
“We don’t want to see people walk over the top of it.
It’s very much a cultural thing, so it’s about keeping people safe and welcoming people.”
The ranger said it had been a challenging process, but he was determined to make the change.
“It’s a long journey, and there are lots of variables involved,” he added.
“One thing that I’ve learned is that you can’t just put it there, it has to be maintained for the next 50 years, because that’s the way it is.”
Topics:parking,environment,environmental-impact,environment-management,parks,perth-6000,wa,australiaContact: Kate Dyson,[email protected]: PWD on Twitter: @PWD, @ParksWAA