National Arboretum Canberra

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The National Arboretum Canberra is home to 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. More than 48,000 trees are growing across the Arboretum site, including the largest cultivated collection of living Wollemi pines, Wollemia nobilis, in the world. Visitors of all ages can enjoy this unique landscape of forests, dedicated to the growing and understanding of trees.

The plantings at the National Arboretum have been designed to provide visitors with the experience of being enveloped in a forest of one species, and feature trees from over 100 different countries. An expert panel selected the trees from the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, an international listing of all trees considered endangered. From that long list, tree species were chosen according to conservation and/or symbolic value, as well as their ability to provide seasonal colour and habitat for local wildlife. The forests also act as botanical arks and seed banks for the future, preserving the biodiversity of these species.

The 250 hectare (618 acre) site for the National Arboretum was declared in 2004, and included four existing forests:

  • Cork oaks (Quercus suber), planted in 1913 and 1920. Now Forest 1.
  • Native trees and plantings. Now Forest 2.
  • Himalayan cedars (Cedrus deodara), planted between 1917 and 1930 and in 2010. Now Forest 11.
  • Monterey pines (Pinus radiata). Now Forest 76.

The first 'new' trees, a small group of Wollemi pines, Wollemia nobilis, were planted in 2006.

Nominate a special tree for the ACT Tree Register

The ACT Tree Register identifies and protects trees of exceptional value. It aims to preserve the iconic trees that make Canberra beautiful.

Anyone can nominate a tree to be considered for the ACT Tree Register and once it's on the register, it's permanently protected.

A tree on the register has been identified for its exceptional:

  • natural or cultural heritage value
  • landscape and aesthetic value
  • scientific value.

To find out how you can nominate a tree, or for more information, visit the TAMS website  or contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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