As part of the 2014 autumn/winter tree planting program, 267 trees have recently been planted across Canberra.
Trees have been planted in residential streets, parks and reserves across 55 suburbs. While the primary goal of the planting is to replace street trees that have been removed due to disease, hazard or age, the program also has a large focus on the Gungahlin area to help establish the streetscapes of new suburbs including Crace, Forde and Franklin. Over time, these newer suburbs will have the greenery that currently lines the network of streets in more established suburbs.
Approximately 20 different species of trees, both native and exotic, were planted including Eucalypts, Casuarinas, Grevilleas and Liquidambars. These trees were selected to complement the surrounding landscape and for their compatibility with Canberra's climate.
Over 530 trees have also been planted within the median strip along Canberra Avenue to help establish a ceremonial tree corridor between Canberra and Queanbeyan. The trees planted along this arterial road were a mix of native and exotic species including Red spotted gums and Atlas cedars, which complement the oaks planted there late last year.
These 798 young trees are part of over 730,000 trees managed by Territory and Municipal Services in Canberra's city spaces. Canberra's urban forest consists of over 300 varieties of trees making it one of the largest and most diverse urban forests in Australia.
These new plantings build on last year's winter and spring tree planting programs where 1,000 and 800 trees were planted respectively. Another planting program involving more than 400 trees will take place at the end of winter.