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Following the devastating 2003 bushfires in Canberra, the ACT Government dedicated an area of burnt-out pine forest west of the city as the site for an innovative new national arboretum.
A national design competition was held for the new arboretum and in 2005 the winners were announced - Taylor Cullity Lethlean Landscape Architects and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects with their '100 forests and 100 gardens' joint proposal. Their winning concept focused on the establishment of 100 forests of rare, threatened and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world.
The master plan for the site included a mosaic of gardens, outdoor sculptures, amphitheatre, cafe, visitor centre, bonsai and penjing pavilion, children’s playground, pavilion and a spacious outdoor events space.
Learn more about the National Arboretum Canberra in the factsheets below.