AFFM Friends Review - Sept 2019 issue

The Australian Federation of Friends of Museums (AFFM) has just published its latest biannual Review. Includes articles on The World Federation of Friends of Museums, Gold Museum photographic collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery centenary, Brooke Museums and other news.

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Snake Awareness Workshops - 2 October, 23 October 2019

Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra are proud to support two upcoming Snake Awareness workshops. These workshops feature three local, licensed snake catchers, and will raise awareness about our local venomous snake species and their ecological contribution. Snake Awareness and Safety for Young People (ages 8-16) Wednesday 2 October from 10.00am - 12.00 noon. AND LEARN TO APPRECIATE SNAKES (ages 16+) Wednesday 23 October from 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Discounted tickets available for Friends. Bookings on Sticky Tickets - see below

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Warm Trees 2019 Wrap

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The colourful scarves that brightened up the forests at the National Arboretum Canberra for Warm Trees this past July are being repurposed for several charities. Scarves have been donated to the Smith Family for people to enjoy. It is a real thrill for our volunteer knitters to see one of their scarves being worn around town! Scarves have also been donated to the RSPCA as Comfort Blankets for the animals. Each scarf will go with the animal - when it is adopted - to their new home. Jack the Cat is enjoying his new 'blanket'. The Friends are pleased to support the wonderful work of the RSPCA. Work by our volunteers continues to join scarves into larger blankets. These blankets will be donated to the Wrapped-With-Love charity which sends rugs to disaster and emergency areas in Australian and around the world.

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Canberra Times article on Salt Bush

At the National Arboretum Canberra the new Friends sponsored garden in the Central Valley is planted with salt bushes (Rhagodia spinescens). Amalie Shawcross, operations manager at the Arboretum, says the plants were purchased from Yarralumla Nursery which propagates the majority of the saltbush it supplies as it is highly successful and is grown to Canberra conditions.

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Great Opportunity: Organisers for WarmTrees 2020

Friends of the National Arboretum are seeking members for a new organising committee to prepare for WARM TREES 2020. This has been a very successful event over the years. It is based around hand crafts and is an important way to involve so many people in the Arboretum, even if they are not tree savvy. If you are interested in joining this new group, read on ...

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Help NAC win a Visitor Experience Award

Rate the National Arboretum Canberra (NAC) and help it win! Your feedback through a quick survey will tell us what you love and how we can improve. The NAC strives to ensure that the visitor experience is a positive and memorable one, whether it be discovering the forest trails, a guided walk, a family visit to the Pod Playground, a coffee with friends or an evening function. The Friends and volunteers are NAC partners in delivering exceptional services to all visitors. Simply visit www.outrate.com.au and select Events and Attractions.

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Funding Proposal Guidelines

Council has approved these Guidelines for Friends' Activities Approval Process. Should you have a great idea for a funding project/proposal to be spear-headed by the Friends, this document will help you through the process!

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Three Zigzag Gardens launched!

The first three Zigzag Gardens in the Central Valley of the Arboretum were launched on 28 March, having been planted last December. They are a stunning example of how wonderful this Valley will look when all the Zigzag Gardens are complete.

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Warm up for Warm Trees 2019!

The weather is starting to get cooler and it will soon be time for daylight saving to end so more time to knit and crochet in the evenings. In July we will make the National Arboretum even more spectacular than it already is and our efforts also go towards helping charities once the display is over. Our diplomatic partner for 2019 is the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Our themes for this year will be colourful tulips and amazing bicycles. And the theme colour for the scarves will be orange (which is the royal colour for the Netherlands).

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Let's create the Friends' Zigzag Garden!

Currently committed: $12,134 (@13 May 2019). Friends' Council wants to turn the group’s sights towards sponsorship of a Zigzag Garden in the Central Valley. Friends have chosen to sponsor Garden #19, the Saltbush Garden, along the Zigzag walkway of the Central Valley. It will make a stunning foreground vista looking towards the Village Centre and from it. Our aim is to raise $50,000 – the cost of this Garden. Launched at the 13 November Friends’ General Meeting, this major fund-raiser needs your help to make it a reality!

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Harvest Group volunteers wanted!

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If you have been to the Arboretum in the last couple of weeks you will see that it is waking up. The cherry trees and the Callery Pears are just spectacular and the Discovery Garden is also a treat. Ange McNeilly who manages the garden has got it just beautiful at the moment. As we move towards summer we are looking for volunteers who might help Ange in the garden and/or would like to harvest figs or make jams and/or other preserves. Some of our jobs can be weekly but many are just before a Market Stall or if we have a glut of fruit or vegetables. It’s loads of fun!

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Publication - Woods Wiki – stories of trees in Australia and related topics

The Friends of ACT Trees Inc. (FACTT) has recently released a new publication entitled "Woods Wiki – stories of trees in Australia and related topics". This is an intriguing little collection by the distinguished former Head of CSIRO Forestry and published by FACTT. It is a collection of pieces about trees and ideas - largely from and by Canberra people. A great birthday or Christmas gift idea!

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