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2020 Volunteer of the Year - Ange McNeilly!

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Hearty congratulations go to Ange McNeilly, the Friends of the National Arboretum of Canberra Volunteer of the Year for 2020! Ange was presented with this Recognition Award at our recent joint Friends and National Arboretum Canberra End-of-Year celebration event in the Village Centre. Ange has had a truly amazing year - Canberra stopped but Ange did not! She worked throughout the smoke, storms, wind, cold winter days and throughout COVID lockdown keeping the Garden ready for the next season. She was harvesting, cooking, drying herbs and seed throughout the year, planting and potting up plants for the Garden and for sale at our Market Stalls. Ange is such a worthy person of this Award!

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AAFBG Eucalypt - Nov 2020 issue

The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens has just released its November issue of Eucalypt. It's a great read - below are listed some of the many interesting articles. In particular, there is an update from the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens in Bateman's Bay. You remember it was severely damaged by the January bushfires.

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History of the Arboretum Project

Help us capture and record the history of the Arboretum - because the Arboretum will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023. The Friends are planning to embark on a project that will capture the ‘told’ and ‘untold’ history of the Arboretum - the stories and the people who made it happen and so successful.

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Griffin's Green Hills - video (August 2020)

This video tells the story of the plantings on the western edge of Walter Burley Griffin’s city plan, the Green Hills, now known as Roman Cypress Hill, Dairy Farmers Hill and the Himalayan Cedars. Originally marked on plans as a forest and game reservation and later a continental arboretum, Griffin finally settled on the afforestation of the three bare hills with cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and cedars (Cedrus atlantica), from 1918 to 1920. Narrated by Trevor Lipscombe, ACT National Trust Heritage Walks organiser and filmed and directed by Anne Claoue-Long and Bronwyn Blake from the Australian Garden History Society, this short video reveals the connection of these three green hills which are driven past and visited by thousands of visitors every year.

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Ngala Bus Tours begin!

Take a guided bus tour with our friendly guides and learn the stories of the forests and enjoy two viewing stops with spectacular photo opportunities. Bus tours depart 5 days a week: Wednesday - Sunday at 1.30pm.

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Friends Photography Group - NEW

Do you love going to the Arboretum? Are you handy with a camera? The Friends would like to set up a Photographic Group - there are so many visually beautiful things to be seen and found at the Arboretum. Many of these photographic images are worthy of sharing with others, being used as attractive Friends' calendar photos or as part of an archive featuring regular photographs from fixed locations through the seasons as part of historical record-keeping. There is a Citizen Science strand in this too.

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Interesting articles from FACTT (all 11)

Our thanks again to the Friends of ACT Trees (FACTT) and especially to Steve Thomas who wrote these fascinating insights into trees, most of which are growing in the Arboretum. See below for the index to these articles, which feature: #1 - Casuarinas #2 - Casuarinas - more #3 - Casuarinas - local #4 - Allocasuarinas #5 - Cypress pines #6 - Exocarpos #7 - Root-soil interactions #8 - Araucarias #9 - Nothofagus (beech) #10 - Taxonomists #11 - Podocarpus Thanks again, Steve!

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Welcome to the Nulla Bus!

On 4 August, a Smoking Ceremony was held to welcome the Nulla Tour Bus to the Arboretum. Afterwards the Chief Minister (whose Directorate oversees the Arboretum) enjoyed his first trip in the bus, with guide par excellence, Scott Saddler, Executive Branch Manager.

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