25 September 2023

Arboretum plants transplant garden

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Three new gardens have been opened at the National Arboretum Canberra.

The new gardens include one dedicated to raising awareness about organ and tissue donation.

Member of the Legislative Assembly, Tara Cheyne represented the Minister for Health and Wellbeing at the opening and said the Gift of Life Garden (pictured) was an election commitment.

“The ACT Government is a proud supporter of organ and tissue donation, and last year we contributed $150,000 to Gift of Life to help it continue its work in the community, highlighting the importance of being an organ and tissue donor,” Ms Cheyne said.

“I’d encourage everyone to register as an organ donor, and it was very special to open the Gift of Life Garden, which celebrates the gift donors have passed on and the new life recipients have received.”

She said that together with the Terra Australis Garden and Children’s Garden, each of the three new gardens had a unique design and a variety of trees, seating areas, grassy lawns, water features and landscaping for visitors to enjoy for many years to come.

Created by Somewhere Landscape Architects, the Gift of Life Garden cost around $240,000. It was supported by an $80,000 contribution from the Federal Government, funding from the ACT Government and private donors.

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