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Friends sponsor Forest Gazebo

At the end of 2020, Friends agreed to sponsor the Arboretum's first Forest Pod Gazebo and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to pay for the structure in four bi-annual installments. The MoU was duly signed at our End-of-Year Friends & NAC party. The Gazebos are a multi-purpose shelter around forest and garden locations throughout the Arboretum environment. The structures are environmentally and aesthetically designed to fit within the landscape. They will provide sun and rain protection, and offer on-site interpretation for visitors, with seating suitable for educational, corporate and tourist groups.

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Frogwatch 2021 at the Arboretum

A new year - a new opportunity! Now is the time for you to participate in FrogWatch 2021. There is an opportunity for 3-4 people to join the FrogWatch Group. Training will be offered on site at the times noted below. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the Arboretum in a totally different ‘light’, and to experience some of the hidden diversity on the site!

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Trees of the Arboretum course - U3A

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This very popular course that will help you to know so much more about our Arboretum trees is open for enrolments to anyone who is a member of U3A. The course is in four parts, each of 6-7 weekly sessions and 2 walks. Each part covers about a quarter of the trees in our forests and is full of interesting stories. You don’t have to do all the parts in a year and you can do them in any order that suits. Part 1 commenced this week (15 Feb) and only a few spots are available. The others all each have a good number already signed up so it is highly likely they will be going ahead.

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A great tree story!

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, is on a mission to plant a million trees over the next two years, increasing vegetation in her city by fifty percent while shoring up eroding riverbanks and increasing biodiversity.

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FACTT Calendar of Walks 2021

Thanks to our enthusiasts at Friends of ACT Trees, below is the list of Westbourne Woods Arboretum monthly walks for your calendars. They are free guided 2-hour walks through the grounds of the Royal Canberra Golf Club. 2nd Sunday of every month: meet at 9.30 am at the entrance to Royal Canberra Golf Club, Bentham Street Yarralumla. No dogs allowed. The dress code of the Golf Club which can be found at www.royalcanberra.com.au applies if you wish to accept the invitation of the Club to take refreshments at the Spike Bar after the walk. PLEASE WEAR SENSIBLE SHOES/CLOTHES AND BRING A HAT AND WATER. WHEN WITHIN THE GOLF COURSE PLEASE RESPECT GOLFERS' NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO PLAY SHOTS WITHOUT DISTURBANCE.

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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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