On 28 May 2015, the ACT Chief Minister, Mr Andrew Barr MLA, joined Their Excellencies Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, and Lady Janine Mateparae, to plant a Gallipoli oak, Quercus coccifera var. calliprinos, in the Central Valley at the National Arboretum Canberra.
The Gallipoli oak joins over 40 other rare and symbolic trees planted by Australian and international dignitaries and public figures.
Ceremonial trees planted from around the world
The National Arboretum Canberra is home to over 44,000 trees from more than one hundred nations. Many Australian and international leaders and public figures have planted ceremonial trees at the National Arboretum, including Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; His Excellency Jose Ramos-Horta, President of the Republic of Timor-Leste; renowned Australian author, Mr Thomas Keneally and Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
Through ceremonial tree plantings and other special events, the National Arboretum Canberra builds partnerships with local, national and international organisations, individuals and communities to further its role in global tree conservation and research.