Each Botanic Treasure has been allocated a section on this website. The mixture of information includes historical and current data, plants, people and designed elements. This initial release has been concentrated on providing content about the CBG, with MCBG to follow soon.

Agathis avenue Sherwood Arboretum
Sherwood Arboretum’s Agathis avenue (JSim November 2015)

This section is still under development. Ideally it would have same structure as CBG and MCBG.

Meanwhile this page provides some basic links and this statement of significance.

Plant Collections

Spread over the 15 hectares, there are over 1200 specimen trees and 350+ plant species, with just 27 exotic species consisting of 3 historic species within the collection and these were planted by ‘past residents’ around the perimeter. Most of the collection are eastern Australian natives. [Source: Dale Arvidsson, Curator, 19 April 2018].

Heritage Significance

Sherwood Arboretum (previously Sherwood Forest Park) was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2007 and includes the John Herbert Memorial Vista.

“The Sherwood Arboretum covers an area of 15 hectares, containing approximately 1,100 trees from about 300 species. The arboretum comprises parkland, artificial freshwater wetland and has an extensive frontage to the Brisbane River…

Symbolically, Sherwood Arboretum was officially opened on World Forestry Day, 21 March 1925, with a planting of 72 Queensland kauri (Agathis robusta) along a central promenade named Sir Matthew Nathan Avenue in honour of the Queensland Governor…

In 1946 a number of land parcels and some connecting unformed roads were acquired adjacent the Arboretum. This addition is now named the John Herbert Memorial Vista, commemorating the State Member for Sherwood 1956-1978, who was an active member of the local community and had a long association with the National Trust of Queensland. The John Herbert Memorial Vista is managed as an integral part of the Arboretums natural biosystem…

Harry Oakman (1906-2002) produced a major redesign of the Sherwood Arboretum, although his design was not implemented at the time. It has served subsequent generations, however, and the essential characteristics and elements of today’s design reflect those advanced by Oakman by maintaining the original tree plantings and developing new elegant looping pedestrian pathways from the perimeter and within the main drive; capturing vistas overlooking the forests and the plantings; and culminating in the wharf and terminal. ”

[History section, online citation for Sherwood Arboretum, site Number 602456, accessed 12 October 2015; ]

1925 Scroll of celebrities who planted trees! {Source: SLQ]

What would you like to explore?

Eventually we will have stories and pictures and more information under these categories:

GALLERY: Now and Then Images
Botanical Collections
Just Add People!

This is our wish-list of content. Watch this space!

Link to Directory of Australian Botanic Gardens: >>>

Link to FOSA on Facebook: >>>

This is the evocative logo of our sister group, the Friends of Sherwood Arboretum Ltd. Their Facebook website is well worth visiting.