Norman Lindsay Gallery - Heritage and Environment
The Norman Lindsay Gallery (NLG) is owned and run by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). The key significance of the property is as the former home of artist and writer, Norman Lindsay (1879-1969). The 49 acre property consists of the artist's sandstone home dating from 1894, his painting studio and etching studio, and landscaped grounds dotted with his cement sculptures. The more than 2,000 item collection includes the artist's watercolour and oil paintings, etchings, drawings, books, sculpture, ship models, Magic Pudding puppets and memorabilia.
Our commitment to protecting biodiversity in the environment
Active conservation is conducted of bushland and native wildlife. Employees and our volunteers are committed to education in landcare, bush regeneration, environmental sustainability and therefore to conserve water and use mulching and composting techniques. Planting of trees and removal of weeds is carried out as required. Spring 2008 will see significant planting of trees on the property.
Our organisation provides the conservation of a very significant cultural site in the Blue Mountains. Conservation and education, the local community benefit in many ways – social, educational, environmental, green space and bushfire buffer zone – the site is in itself a buffer between our neighbours and the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.
The NLG participates in local activities and informs neighbours of upcoming events and exhibitions. Local tradespeople are used for electrical and plumbing services and printing is purchased locally. A local company is used for heritage building work, but some specialist work eg. repairs to garden statues and work on the collection needs to be sourced from Sydney based companies. NLG offers work experience to local high school students and other private citizens who wish to gain experience in environmental projects. Volunteers at the NLG are predominantly from the local area and references are provided to assist with job searches. We have developed our maintenance workshop to improve conditions for OH&S.
The NLG has applied for and been successful in gaining a water grant for water storage and reuse. This will then increase our water storage capacity for bushfire fighting and watering the landscaped grounds. We are converting the toilets to dual flush systems as part of the scope of works.
Bushfire hazard reduction has been regularly carried out on the property in our protection zone.
Workshop and teaching areas have been provided within the garden maintenance workspace which has allowed garden and maintenance workshops to be held for Australian Conservation volunteers and work for the dole volunteers program.
The development of our processing and composting areas has provided for more sustainable operations and the future introduction of sales of plants common to the garden during the period of residence.
This item was posted in November 2008.