Friends Market Stall - Saturday 4 December 2021

Saturday, 4 December, will see the return of our fun and festive Market Stall! 10.00am - 2.00pm. It will be a big Stall … it will be a Christmas Stall. Everyone will still be keen, post-lockdown, to get out and about and buy some gifts for Christmas so it is a great opportunity for gift shopping in the fresh air and wonderful views!

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Friends 2022 Calendar now available!

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The Friends 2022 Calendar is now available from our online shop. Beautiful colour images each month of your favourite Arboretum places. They make great gifts, whether for birthdays, Christmas, New Year, or 'good to see you again after lockdown'!

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Picnic at the Arboretum courtesy of Ginger Catering!

The Arboretufm is the perfect outdoor site to get the family outdoors during the school holidays and beyond. Or catch up with friends! Ginger Catering now offers hampers for breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon nibbles! And their Coffee Cart will be open Friday to Sunday from 9am - 2pm. Hooray!

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The WeedScan Project - Sept 2021

Attached is a brochure on WeedScan, a project of the CSIRO, the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Given that as many as 80% of invasive weeds in Australia are escapees from gardens (since first settlement), the Garden Clubs of Australia (with whom Friends are affiliated) is encouraging all affiliate members to participate. We would encourage as many of you to become involved. Collectively, there is hope that more than 1 million photographs of weeds across Australia will be assembled, which will make identification, mapping and eradication so much easier. See below for the brochure.

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Happy Wattle Day! 1 September

Wattle facts - did you know ... * there are 1350 species worldwide Found in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas as well as Australia * there are 900 species in Australia * over 30 species grow in Canberra and Southern Tablelands * Can extract nitrogen from the atmosphere to be used by the plant. * Leaves of wattles are modified to enable them to survive long periods of heat and drought.

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Two beautiful books available!

Beth Moon is a photographer based in New York who has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum prints. Her prints are held in numerous public and private collections and have appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions around the world, receiving widespread critical acclaim.

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Friends Market Stall - 21 August - POSTPONED

POSTPONED - WE'LL ADVISE YOU AS SOON AS WE CAN OF THE NEW DATE. Then it will be ... Here's something to brighten your weekend! The Friends' Harvest Group is running another of their famous Market Stalls on Saturday 21 August from 10am - 2pm. Top up your pantry with fig jam and other delectable delights! Again - NO CASH SALES!

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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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