Ten years ago the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria embarked on an ambitious project to collect, treat and distribute storm water from the catchment within and around the botanic garden. The infrastructure of wetlands filtration, a sophisticated water treatment centre and landscaping to complement and encourage improvements in water quality enhanced our international reputation in integrated water management. This Landscape Succession Strategy is a natural extension of that project, and further strengthens the organisation as a global benchmark for environmentally responsible botanic garden management.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Landscape Succession Strategy for Melbourne Gardens has been developed to adapt the landscape to the likely impacts of future climate change, dwindling water supplies, aging plant populations and plant health threats, such as biosecurity. It will guide the stewardship of the Melbourne Gardens for the next twenty years, preserving the beauty and botanical diversity of these much-loved Gardens.