Members are invited to nominate for this award named in honour of the late Geoff Handbury AO, a major benefactor of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens Inc (AAFBG) who gave a sum of money over a period of five years for the administration and support of Botanic Gardens through Friends of Botanic Gardens, Australia wide.
One of Australia’s great philanthropists Geoff was committed to family and community he left lasting legacies, one of his passions was Botanic Gardens and the role they play in social wellbeing and education.
This award recognises exceptional contributions to an Australian Botanic Garden, Arboretum, or Park, by an AAFBG member group or individual from a member group.
THE AWARD CATEGORIES are:
Exceptional contribution by an individual member to their Botanic Garden, Park, or Arboretum.
Exceptional contribution of a member organisation to its Botanic Garden, Park, or Arboretum.
2023 Handbury Award Nomination Form
Elizabeth Gilfillan, Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Elizabeth's contribution to Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and to the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens has seen both organisations grow and flourish.
Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Garden Wednesday Work Group
For outstanding contribution by collective volunteer endeavour contributing to major works to Lismore Rainforest Botanic Garden thus enhancing the environment and the community.
Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens Inc.
For outstanding contribution by collective volunteer endeavour and advocating for major works to the Bendigo Botanic Gardens thus enhancing the environment and the community.