26 September 2023

Week-long festival grows on trees

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Canberra’s Tree Week is in full flight this week, running until Sunday (9 May) and hosting a range of tree-related events and activities across the Territory in the meantime.

Minister for City Services, Chris Steel said the seventh annual Canberra Tree Week was a chance to celebrate the city’s trees and appreciate them as one of the community’s greatest shared assets.

“Canberra’s extensive urban forest is a big part of what makes our city so special – particularly at this time of year,” Mr Steel said.

“During the week there will be lots of great events including guided walks, poetry writing, tours of our own Yarralumla Nursery as well as a special story walk at the National Arboretum,” he said.

“Government is responsible for over 770,000 public trees in streets and urban open spaces across our city.”

Mr Steel said the Our Forest in Focus exhibition was on daily during Tree Week, showcasing some of the region’s most spectacular trees with images taken by local photographer Graham Gall.

The City Renewal Authority is to deliver a range of events in the city centre, including Tree Week and Haig Park on Saturday (8 May).

“Climb a tree with Australia’s number one climber, test your balance slacklining as you walk suspended between our forest friends, make tree art with Naromi Zouwer, write letters with Constance Spry and listen to music under the forest canopy at the Pop Inn bar,” the Authority said.

“Trees and greenery are the lungs of our city – they provide fresh air, keep us cool and make our public spaces much more attractive and welcoming places to explore,” it said.

The full program of Tree Week events can be accessed on the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate’s website at this PS News link.

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