Wollemi Warrior Adventure – rare treat for children at botanic garden

Wendy Wanderer and King Billy help to save the Wollemi pine.

Wendy Wanderer and King Billy help to save the Wollemi pine.

By Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Children will enjoy an interactive performance at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, as Wendy Wanderer and her helpful adventurers try to stop the villainous Iggy Chop from turning the Wollemi pine into a toothpick for his collection.

This special production will engage children with the fascinating story of the Wollemi pine. The show was especially produced for the garden by Entertainment Blue Mountains and includes lots of fun and movement.

Nicknamed the “dinosaur tree” or “living fossil”, the Wollemi pine is one of the greatest botanical discoveries of our time. In September 1994, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service officer David Noble discovered some trees he didn’t quite recognise. In a deep, narrow canyon of the rugged Wollemi National Park, a largely undisturbed wilderness area, he discovered what we now call Wollemia nobilis or the Wollemi pine.

The Wollemi pine was a new conifer belonging to the family Araucariaceae and its discovery meant scientists could reassess and compare a range of Araucarian fossil plants going back about 116 million years to the early Cretaceous age. This dramatic discovery of an evolutionary line thought to be long extinct is even more remarkable because these tall and striking trees grow only 150km from Sydney.

The Wollemi Warrior Adventure tells the tale of the Wollemi discovery and why it was so important and will inspire a love for trees. There will be two 45-minute performances at 11am and 1pm. Tickets: $20 per child (one parent free with each family booking). Suitable for kids 3-12 years.

Starring Siobhan Clifford, Simon Lenthen and Skye Mostafa. Produced by Entertainment Blue Mountains, written by Simon and Wendy Lenthen, directed by Simon Lenthen.

Book online at www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/tomah or phone (02) 9231 8182 or email foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au. Go to www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/tomah for more information about Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Rd, Mount Tomah.

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