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U3A Trees of the Arboretum courses

There are still some vacancies for three upcoming Parts to a course on Trees of the Arboretum. Each Part gives information on around a quarter of our Arboretum tree species. The dates are as follows: Part 2: Mondays, 8 April to 20 May Part 3: Thursdays, 30 May to 4 July Part 4: Tuesdays, 23 July to 27 August The sessions run from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Hughes Baptist Church. Two walks are included with each Part. If you are interested in attending, please contact Joanne Maples at [email protected] You need to be a current member of U3A to enrol.

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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!

2018 10 DiscoveryGdn

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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Friends' submission to 'Nature in our City'

In early June, the Friends lodged a submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly's Inquiry into the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra via the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services on 'Nature in our City'. Submissions have now been made public on the ACT Government website. A copy of the Friends' submission is now available.

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Give the Gift of a Garden

The National Arboretum Canberra has set aside twenty-four individual garden beds and is offering the opportunity to contribute to those gardens. We will recognise your generosity in giving the gift of a garden with a commemorative plaque set on a stone plinth, so that each and every person who views it will appreciate your gesture to invest in the future.

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