Of Interest at STEP - June 2021

Welcome to the June edition of STEP's publication - Of Interest at Forest 20. It is pleasing to see we the insect life with butterflies and hover flies still around. Another surprise has been the early flowering of Hardenbergia violacea, False Sarsaparilla, in one location. You can read it here. Then go and visit STEP and see the new signposting!

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Warm Trees 2021 - Newletter #3

It's time to install our Creations! The knitted/crocheted/handmade creations are ready for display! Would you like to come and help put them up? Here is a mix of morning and afternoon times, week days and weekends to achieve the installation. I hope one or more of these suits you. Monday 21 June 11.00am Tuesday 22 June 2.00pm Wed 23 June 11.00 am Thursday 24 June 11.00 am Friday 25 June 2.00pm Saturday 26 June 11.00am Sunday 27 June at 2.00pm Please let Jocelyn or me know if you can help on one or more of these days - it will be very helpful indeed. Jocelyn will provide the safety and organisational arrangements when you nominate your day/time on the installation roster. The merlion, orchid panel and butterflies will be installed on the gabion walls leading into the Village Centre. This requires working at heights so staff will be helping us.

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Autumn produce at the Arboretum

Showcasing the autumn bounty at the Arboretum. This is a great article from Susan Parsons at the Canberra Times, reproduced with permission. Kitchen Garden: Canberra's magnificent autumn for harvesting fruit. And, yes, our next Market Stall will be held on Saturday 8 May. See below for link.

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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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Warm Trees 2021 - Here We Come!

Hello all creative crafters This is the first newsletter about Warm Trees 21. There will be a total of five newsletters providing more information about the various parts of the plan as the detail of the plan develops. Our plans will always need to include the current COVID safe instructions at the time. Seems so long since we involved together in this project that is enthusiastically supported by the National Arboretum Canberra and you all and the many visitors to the Arboretum. I hope you and yours are well and the complexity of the times has not been too difficult. Given the vaccines are starting to roll out it seems that it is safe to say we will achieve a Warm Trees installation this year. So on this basis, let’s get knitting, crocheting and/or crafting – whatever you choose. I know that after last year it will be very special indeed to be adding colour to the Arboretum for those cooler times. Can't wait!

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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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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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Nulla Tour Bus is here!

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Thanks to your support as a Friend of the National Arboretum Canberra, the Nulla Tour Bus has arrived on site - don't the silver birches make a nice backdrop! As an ongoing donation, Friends have sponsored the lease of this wonderful new addition to the Arboretum and also for the brilliantly-designed 'wrapping' which is so colourful. See the image below.

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