About The Gardens
Gardens designed to provide future residents with an aesthetically pleasing environment
Donington Gardens is co-located with two remnant areas of Cumberland Plain Woodland which is an endangered habitat. Significant efforts have been put in to design the buildings around these areas which will be developed and enhanced in the years ahead with bush regeneration programs. These areas also contain an endangered plant Pimelea Spicata and we are working with various levels of Government to ensure these plants are protected and can increase in number on the site.
The surrounding garden areas have been professionally designed to enhance and sustain the grounds of the village. There are large areas of landscaping with plants native to the Cumberland Plain Woodland and these areas will be watered through a rainwater irrigation system. No expense has been spared in maximising these garden areas with underground parking and two levels of accommodation increasing the green spaces throughout the village for the enjoyment of residents.
Protecting and Conserving Pimelea Spicata and Cumberland Plains Woodlands
Pimelea spicata is an endangered species found in the area around Donington Gardens
Otherwise known as Spiked Rice-flower, Pimelea spicata is an endangered species of plant found to be present on land prior to the construction of Donington Gardens.
Pimelea spicata has suffered extensive habitat loss and fragmentation due to clearing for agricultural and urban development, inappropriate fire regimes, activities such as mowing and grazing, increased urban runoff, rubbish dumping and weed invasion.
In keeping with the national recovery plan that was adopted in 2006, Bankstown City Aged Care has worked for many years with Government and conservation groups to protect these plants. We have seed deposits at Mount Anan Botanic Gardens and assisted with new plantings on nearby sites. In the new section of Donington Gardens we have retained a number of these plants within two conservation zones to ensure they can survive and thrive in the future.
Cumberland Plains Woodlands
Sustaining distinct groupings of eucalypts, shrubs, grasses and herbs that flourish in its distinctive clay soils, the original Cumberland Plains Woodlands (CPW) covered thirty percent of the Sydney Basin. Long diminished by human use for farming, industry and housing, less than six percent of the original CPW remains in scattered fragmented areas, protected as an endangered ecological community and legislated by Commonwealth and New South Wales governments. Two such protected conservation CPW areas are located within the site of Donington Gardens. A specialist gardening team will look after bush regeneration works to maintain and enhance these areas so that they will flourish into the future. Protection and Conservation
Why the Name?
The site of Donington Gardens holds a special historical significance and a close link to early colonial NSW
The village is located on the last remaining piece of land that was granted to Matthew Flinders in 1800 by the second Governor of NSW, John Hunter as a reward for his exploration of the Georges River.
Although his exploration was mostly made in unsuitable, leaky or rotten ships, Matthew Flinders has always been considered to be one of the world’s most accomplished navigators and hydrographers.
The son of a surgeon, and named after his father, Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) was born and educated in Donington, Lincolnshire, England.
Resisting family pressure to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him and inspired by his boyhood hero, the literary character Robinson Crusoe, he entered the navy where he trained as a navigator.
He served with diligence as midshipman under William Bligh on a voyage to Tahiti in 1791 and after returning to England saw action in H.M.S. Bellerophon at the naval battle of the Glorious First of June 1794. The next year he sailed on H.M.S. Reliance from England for Port Jackson, with George Bass as surgeon. Upon his arrival, he accompanied Bass on two hazardous trips in small open boats, as they explored Botany Bay and George’s River.
The name ‘Donington’ reflects our admiration of the achievements of Flinders, while the word ‘gardens’ has been included to highlight the importance we place upon setting the village amidst extensive park-like gardens.