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If you would like to be involved in Canberra Tree Week 2019, please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81

Canberra Tree Week 2018

In 2018, Canberra Tree Week was held from the 30 April to the 6 May to showcase the beautiful autumn colour of Canberra’s trees.

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Canberra Tree Week in May 2018. We greatly appreciate the support of the event organisers and all those who participated in the many amazing activities during tree week.

Tree Week 2018 was officially launched by Mr John Langford, the grandson of Charles Weston, and MLA Susan Orr in Weston Park on Monday 30 April. As part of the launch, Mr John Langford made a special presentation to MLA Tara Cheyne, donating the Weston Family papers to the ACT Heritage Library. We would like to thank John and his family for this generous donation.

Hug a Tree Day was held at the National Arboretum Canberra on 5 May 2018. 380 people hugged trees in the Camden White Gum forest to recognise the special relationship between trees and people. The event celebrates Adam Burgess, the founding curator at the Arboretum who was passionate about trees.

Libraries ACT hosted tree themed story times at local branches throughout tree week.

Friends of Grasslands led a walk through Campbell Park looking for and recording trees with hollows and noting any birds they saw.

STEP into Plein Air was a partnership between the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park and NatureArt Lab. Big thank you to Megan Spiers who demonstrated how to paint a Eucalypt.

The ACT Tree Climbing Championships were held at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The tree climbing competition consisted of 5 events across the day including work climb, secured footlock, speed climb, throwline and aerial rescue.

Treeology by the Distaffik Collective was a playful installation encouraging passers-by to interact with their Personalitrees including the complimetree, connectivitree and poetree amongst other.

Photos from the Tree Week launch

Tree Tree Week awards

Flowers Tree Week crowd

Canberra Tree Week 2017

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Canberra Tree Week in May 2017. We greatly appreciate the support of the event organisers and all those who participated in the many amazing activities during tree week.

If you would like to be involved in Canberra Tree Week 2018, please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

A roundup of Canberra Tree Week 2017

The week was officially launched by Malcolm Snow, Chief Executive National Capital Authority, at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point. The launch involved the giveaway of native trees and wattle seeds.

Native TreesWattle Seeds
Photos by National Capital Authority and Samantha Ning

Ranger guided walks at the Bendora Arboretum.

Guided WalksRanger Guided Walks
Photos by Stephen Ning and Samantha Ning

STEP into Plein Air at the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park where artists were invited bring their easels, paints and sketch books for a morning of art.

Art in the morning
Photo by Ross Dalton

The ACT Tree Climbing Competition at Telopea Park was a great success with local climbers competing against climbers from around the country and overseas.

Climbers
Photo by Samantha Ning

The Heritage Garden open day at Fetherston Gardens in Weston was well attended and had some great tree themed activities for the kids. These gardens are truly beautiful and worth a visit.

Fetherston GardensGardens
Photos by Samantha Ning

The Tree Projects at the National Arboretum Canberra exhibited some spectacular photos of the Mountain Ash trees from the Styx Valley in Tasmania.

ArboretumYoav Bar-Ness tree climber
Photos courtesy of The Tree Projects

The library is a forest of knowledge, with books created from millions of trees. To say thank you and celebrate our connection to trees, Libraries ACT invited visitors to add to their miniature forest in the Gungahlin Library courtyard. Visitors used craft and recycled materials to create unique tree.

Gungahlin Forest
Photos by Libraries ACT

The Friends of Grasslands Inc organised a guided walk beside the Hall Village. The walk incorporated a range of species of eucalypt and wattle trees, as well as relatively uncommon birds and ground flora and was well attended.

Acacia Mearnsii leaves
Photo by Janet Russell

Canberra Tree Week 2016

Canberra Tree Week 2016 was a wonderful celebration of our cities trees. It was launched by the Minister of Transport and Municipal Services, Minister Fitzharris at the Lyneham Commons Food Forest. Minister Fitzharris planted a tree in the food forest with the help of students from Lyneham High School. There were a number of tree themed activities across the week and we thank the volunteers who hosted many of those events.

The launch of Canberra Tree Week 2016

Bendora Arboretum guided walks

ACT Tree Climbing Championships and climbing demonstrations

Tree Week Trail scavenger hunt at the National Arboretum Canberra

Libraries ACT tree themed craft and story times

Canberra Tree Week 2015

Their excellencies General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC and Lady Cosgrove planted a dove tree (Davidia involucrate) at the National Arbroretum Canberra to launch Canberra Tree Week 2015. They were assisted by children from Giralang Primary School.


Mr Andrew Barr MLA, their excellencies General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC and Lady Cosgrove and children from Giralang Primary School.

Canberra Tree Week 2015 also included many guided walks, tree climbing demonstrations, activities at our local libraries, tree themed demonstrations at the Canberra Glassworks and a Wollemi Pine dedication and seminar with David Noble, who discovered the tree. Thank you to everyone who was involved in hosting an event and to all those who helped us celebrate Canberra’s trees.


Tree climbing demonstration at Glebe Park.


Children at the Dickson Library celebrating tree week.


Emilie Patteson, Preserved Impermanence. Image by Stuart Hay. Demonstration at the Canberra Glassworks.


Minister Shane Rattenbury and David Noble in the Wollemi forest at the National Arboretum, Canberra.

Canberra Tree Week 2014

The first Canberra Tree Week was launched by Minister Shane Rattenbury who planted a tree in Haig Park to mark the occasion. The week also included the Wisdom Tree at the National Arboretum, Canberra, where people were invited to write on or decorate a leaf for the wisdom tree sharing memories, impressions and thoughts about trees and they mean to us all. The week also hosted a tree symposium and activities at our local libraries.

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