Campbell Rhododendron Gardens gets $20,000 grant

Blackheath's Campbell Rhododendron Gardens have secured a $20,000 grant which will be used to help restore the gardens after last summer's bushfires.

One of the original plants: Four of the original seven White Pearl Rhododendrons have survived, along with their name-plates

One of the original plants: Four of the original seven White Pearl Rhododendrons have survived, along with their name-plates

First plantings: September 1972

First plantings: September 1972

Damage in the Rhododendron Gardens after the December fires.

Damage in the Rhododendron Gardens after the December fires.

Liberal MLC Shayne Mallard was on hand at the gardens on Sunday to announce the grant.

"Earlier this year I inspected the significant damage to the world renowned Rhododendron Gardens and was moved by the resilience and optimism of the small dedicated group of volunteers. They faced a huge task to replace hundreds of destroyed plants and infrastructure and the restoration of the gardens to their popular prime," Mr Mallard said.

The grant, made available through Destination NSW, is also a recognition by the state government of the importance that local attractions like the Rhododendron Gardens play in the local visitor economy.

"The Blue Mountains is the second most visited destination in NSW and the Blackheath Rhododendron Gardens have a global reputation, particularly within Asia.

"As we deal with our current pandemic crisis on the back of the devastating summer bushfires, it is special places like the Rhododendron Gardens that are playing a critical role in rebuilding the visitor experience and economy in the Blue Mountains," he said.

Mr Mallard congratulated the dedicated team of volunteers, led by president Deborah Wells, for their years of selfless service to the community of the Blue Mountains.

"Across the whole Blue Mountains and especially at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, local volunteers put in a huge valuable effort to give our community that appeal that is unique to the Blue Mountains villages. I want you to know that the NSW Liberal government values and thanks you for your community service," Mr Mallard said.