The planting of a ceremonial tree at the National Arboretum Canberra is a symbolic gesture of friendship between countries. Recently The Honourable Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu and Mrs Marie-Justine Salwai, planted an Austrocedrus chilensis (Chilean cedar) along the central valley path. MLA Chris Steel, member for Murrumbidgee, welcomed the Prime Minister and his wife as they appreciated the panoramic views across Canberra from Dairy Farmers Hill.
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 Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwell.
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.