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Canberra Tree Week 2018

Canberra Tree Week is an annual celebration of all things trees and encourages the community and visitors to appreciate, admire and enjoy our beautiful trees. This year’s celebrations include a variety of events ranging from guided walks, a symposium, hug a tree day and many more. Please see the calendar below to see what’s happening. We invite you to join the celebrations by getting out amongst our beautiful trees and participating in the many events throughout the week.

Calendar of Events

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Day Time Location Events
Monday 30 April 2018 10am-11am English Gardens in Weston Park, Yarralumla, adjacent to the Yarralumla Gallery and Oaks Brasserie Guided walk of the English Gardens hosted by Friends of ACT Trees.
10:30am-11:30am Erindale Library Tree Week themed story time
Story time is a session full of tree themed stories, rhymes and songs suitable for 3-5 year old children and their parents/carers. ttps://www.library.act.gov.au/learning/whats_on
Tuesday
1 May
10:30am-11:30am Tuggeranong and Kingston library branches Tree Week themed story time
Story time is a session full of tree themed stories, rhymes and songs suitable for 3-5 year old children and their parents/carers. https://www.library.act.gov.au/learning/whats_on
2pm-3pm National Arboretum. Meet at the Village Centre. Trees of Significance at the National Arboretum
Join an Arboretum guide and explore some of the most significant trees from around the world, planted at the Arboretum. Hear about their cultural, spiritual, historical and economic importance. The walk is approximately 2km return, and requires a reasonable level of fitness. Please bring water, wear covered sturdy shoes and be sun smart. https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/
3pm-5pm Campbell Park. Meet behind Campbell Park Offices at the northern end of Northcott Drive. All are welcome to join in a walk through Campbell Park, ACT, looking for and recording trees with hollows and noting any birds we see. This is a Friends of Grasslands activity for ACT Tree Week. Bring binoculars, a camera (with GPS if you can), a pen, clipboard and drinking water. Wear bush-walking footwear and clothes. We will provide checklists and marking and measuring equipment, and some expertise on local fauna. At the end of the day, we hope you will know more about the kinds of trees that have hollows of various types that some fauna might use, and that you will be inspired to watch out for hollow-bearing trees from then onwards. Register with ann.milligan@fog.org.au by 30 April please. Bookings essential
Wednesday
2 May
9am National Arboretum. Meet at the Village Centre. STEP into Plein Air Art Workshop. To celebrate Canberra Tree Week, bring your chair, easel, sketchbook, paints, pencils or charcoal to Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP – Forest 20) for a morning of art, native plant appreciation and good company. This year STEP is very pleased to partner with NatureArtLab for this event and will welcome NatureArtLab tutor Megan Spiers who will demonstrate how to paint a eucalypt. This is a free event and morning tea will be provided, but numbers are limited and bookings are essential, email: info@step.asn.au. STEP is an easy 5 minute walk from the Arboretum carpark. https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/ Bookings essential
10:30am-11:30am Kippax, Belconnen and Woden library branches Tree Week themed story time
Story time is a session full of tree themed stories, rhymes and songs suitable for 3-5 year old children and their parents/carers. https://www.library.act.gov.au/learning/whats_on
1pm-2:30pm National Arboretum. Meet at the front of the Vice Chancellors residence on Mills Road– limited parking in driveway. Arboretum Trees at the Australian National University
Free guided walk with Jan Morgan and University Arborist Melinda Walker. This walk looks at mature examples of species planted at the National Arboretum Canberra, within the grounds of University House and the private gardens of the Vice Chancellors residence. Booking essential to melinda.walker@anu.edu.au or 6125 8969 Bookings essential
6:30pm Weston Creek Labor Club Friends of ACT Trees dinner with special guest speaker Alan Brown presenting ‘Domestication of Radiata Pine’, hosted by Friends of ACT Trees. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non members. Meal from the bistro at your own cost. Please rsvp to scholto@infinite.net.au https://sites.google.com/site/factacanberra/home Bookings essential
Thursday
3 May
10:30am-11:30am Dickson, Gungahlin and Woden library branches Tree Week themed story time
Story time is a session full of tree themed stories, rhymes and songs suitable for 3-5 year old children and their parents/carer. https://www.library.act.gov.au/learning/whats_on
2:30pm-3:30pm Kippax Library Scar Trees and Indigenous Plants
Discover the cultural significance of trees to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Presented by Adam Shipp from Yurbay. https://www.library.act.gov.au/learning/whats_on
Friday
4 May
10:30am-11:30am Dickson Library Tree themed story time
Story time is a session full of tree themed stories, rhymes and songs suitable for 3-5 year old children and their parents/carers. https://www.library.act.gov.au/learning/whats_on
12:30pm-5:30pm Australian National Botanical Gardens, Acton Canberra Tree Week Symposium
Topics include Canberra’s Urban Forest: life and death situations, Tree Happenings at the Yarralumla Nursery, how Canberra’s urban forest can protect us from climate change and data-driven urban forest management. To register and see the full symposium proceedings visit www.tccs.act.gov.au 
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Tree Week Symposium Program
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Saturday
5 May
7:30am-4:30pm Australian National Botanical Gardens, Acton ACTC Tree Climbing Championships
A tree climbing competition consisting of five events across the day including work climb, secured footlock, speed climb, throwline and aerial rescue. A great spectator sport for the whole family. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Australian-Capital-Tree-Community-Climbing-Championships-547368308774555/?fref=nf
10:30am-11:30am Erindale Library Tree themed story time
Story time is a session full of tree themed stories, rhymes and songs suitable for 3-5 year old children and their parents/carers. https://www.library.act.gov.au/learning/whats_on
11:30am Free hugs at the Arboretum!
Let’s see how many trees we can hug in preparation for next year’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record. The inaugural HUG A TREE DAY will bring people together to celebrate the life of Adam Burgess, former curator of the Arboretum, and share in his passion for trees. To register go to- www.stickytickets.com.au/NationalArboretumCanberra
Bookings essential
1:00pm-3:00pm National Arboretum Walk the Arboretum’s Labyrinth Garden for peace and join people walking labyrinths around the globe on World Labyrinth Day ”As One at 1pm”. Guided labyrinth walks from 1pm to 3pm - enjoy the opportunity to quieten your mind and relax your body. Come along on this walking meditation. Free event. https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/
2:00pm-3:00pm National Arboretum. Meet at the Village Centre. Join a leisurely walk through Forest 20, the location of the southern tablelands regional botanic garden at the National Arboretum Canberra. Be introduced to 16 species of local eucalypts and several other species of trees local to Canberra, together with more than 150 species of understorey shrubs, herbs and grasses. This is a free event. Forest 20 is an easy 5 minute walk from the Village Centre. https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/
Sunday
6 May
9:00am-3:00pm Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton ACTC Tree Climbing Championships grand final & awards
A tree climbing competition consisting of five events across the day including work climb, secured footlock, speed climb, throwline and aerial rescue. A great spectator sport for the whole family. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Australian-Capital-Tree-Community-Climbing-Championships-547368308774555/?fref=nf
9:00am-11:30am Pinnacle Nature Reserve, Hawker. Meet at the Dungowan Street gate. Tree Week Bird Walk at the Pinnacle
Free guided walk. Dress appropriately for the conditions and bring water and binoculars (if you have them). Numbers are limited so please email convenor@fotpin.org.au or call John on 0405 331 405 to register. All ages welcome
Bookings essential
9:30am-11:30am Meet at the gates to Royal Canberra Golf Club in Bentham Street, Yarralumla. Westbourne Woods - Trees in the Urban Landscape free guided walk. Wear sensible shoes/clothes and bring a hat. https://sites.google.com/site/factacanberra/home
10:00am- 12noon Bendora Arboretum. Meet at the Bendora Arboretum car park, Mt Franklin Road, Namadgi National Park. Ranger Guided Walk with Brandan Galpin – Bendora Arboretum. Meet at the Bendora Arboretum car park, Mt Franklin Road, Namadgi National Park. Wear sturdy shoes & warm clothes. Places are limited so please register your interest with the Namadgi Visitor Centre on 6207 2900. Queries on the day to Namadgi Visitor Centre. A map of the area can be found at http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/518988/Namadgi-Brief-Guidev22013.pdf
Bookings essential
2:00pm-3:30pm Meet at the Sullivan’s Creek car park. Arboretum trees at the Australian National University
Free guided walk with Jan Morgan. Lindsay Pryor and beyond looks at interesting species from the Arboretum growing along the Lindsay Pryor walk and surrounding area. bookings essential to melinda.walker@anu.edu.au or 6125 8969
Bookings essential
Everyday 9:00am-4:00pm National Arboretum, Village Centre Avenues of Honour Photographic Exhibition by Sarah Wood from 21 April to 28 May 2018
Inspired by her grandfather who fought at Gallipoli, Sarah a professional photographer and horticulturalist, embarked on a journey to capture these images. https://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/
All day Canberra City Centre in three locations Treeology – by the Distaffik Collective. During Tree week, playful installations will be created within select trees in the Canberra City Centre. The installations will non-invasively turn trees into “Personalitrees” that you will be able to connect with in different ways. Meet and interact with such Personalitrees, as a "Complimentree", "Connectivitree" "Poetree", amongst others. Locations:
  1. Garema Place near poets corner
  2. Near the wild dogs sculpture in City walk (near the Green shed shop)
  3. The grassy area near the fountain outside the Canberra Centre.

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