26 September 2023

Canberra blossoms into tree city of the world

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Canberra has been named an International Tree City of the World by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Welcoming the international acclaim, Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel said the Tree Cities of the World network celebrated global leadership in managing greener cities.

“Canberra’s trees are one of the things which give our city its special character,” Mr Steel said.

“It’s great to see our community’s shared commitment to protecting and enhancing them recognised by our acceptance into the Tree Cities of the World network,” he said.

“The Tree Cities of the World program is a network of 138 cities in 21 countries which are dedicated to sharing successful approaches to preserving our trees and creating successful policies and initiatives that celebrate the benefits trees provide.”

Mr Steel said that this autumn, City Services would be planting 5,250 trees across the city, including in parks and open spaces in Canberra’s suburbs.

“This planting will continue until June, as we work to deliver 54,000 more trees across Canberra by 2024,” the Minister said.

He invited Canberrans to drop a pin in the Territory’s interactive tree map at a location where they would like to see more trees planted.

Mr Steel said City Services was particularly interested in identifying locations where there weren’t many trees or where existing trees were ageing.

The tree map can be accessed at this PS News link.

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