Orchids return home to Fiona Stanley Hospital

Members of the Species Orchid Society of WA replanting native orchids at Fiona Stanley Hospital
Members of Species Orchid Society of WA return native orchids to FSH.
June 25, 2013

A planting day held at Fiona Stanley Hospital on Sunday 23 June saw the return of almost 200 native orchids to the site.                                             

Originally salvaged from the landscape prior to construction of the hospital in 2009, the orchids had since been cared for and propagated off-site by the Species Orchid Society of WA.

On Sunday, members of the Society replanted approximately ten native orchid species in the hospital grounds, including the Carousel Spider Orchid, Cowslip Orchid and Snail Orchid.

Fiona Stanley Hospital Executive Director Brad Sebbes said the rehabilitation of the orchids was part of a larger program to salvage native plants from the site for re-planting at the hospital, as well as in other local areas in need of rehabilitation.

"Along with the orchids, a number of other native plants were salvaged including sedges, trigger plants, grass trees, zamias and other small shrubs and herbs," Mr Sebbes said.

"Seed collection has also been an important part of the hospital’s environmental program. Over seven kilograms of seed was collected from 31 different species of plants on the site and it has since been used to rehabilitate degraded land within the Beeliar Regional Park."

Fiona Stanley Hospital has committed more than $5 million to on-site conservation programs and environmental initiatives, and a further $2.3 million for off-site programs.

On-site work has included fauna relocation, flora and seed collection, top soil removal and reuse, and the preservation of natural bushland on the site.

Off-site programs have involved the rehabilitation of regional park lands, the purchase and protection of native bushland, investment into community-based conservation programs and funding for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo research.

Fiona Stanley Hospital is scheduled to open in October 2014 as part of a phased commissioning process. For more information on FSH and its environmental programs, visit our website regularly and sign up to our newsletter.