The National Arboretum Canberra is home to ceremonial trees planted by leaders, dignitaries and public figures from Australia and around the world. The Arboretum's first ceremonial tree, a Yoshino cherry, Prunus x yedoensis, was planted by His Excellency Mr Takaaki Kojima, Ambassador of Japan on 27 July 2007 in Forest 17. His Excellency was accompanied by Mr Jon Stanhope, ACT Chief Minister.
Ceremonial tree plantings began in the Central Valley (Forest 22) in 2009 and 42 trees now occupy this space. Many Australian and international leaders, dignitaries and public figures have planted trees in Central Valley, including Her Majesty, Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan; His Excellency Mr Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; Her Excellency the Governor-General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce and Mr Thomas Keneally, renowned Australian author.
There will be many more ceremonial tree plantings in Central Valley in the years ahead. As the trees grow, it will become a shady walkway through a diverse range of trees, representing many people and places from around the world.
Forest of Remembrance. Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, The Governor-General of Australia, The Returned and Services League of Australia and Kindred Organisations Committee (KOC) Tree Planting - 102 Turkish pines - 12/11/2010.