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Canberra Tree Week, 30 April – 6 May 2018

Canberra Tree Week is an annual celebration of all things trees and encourages the community and visitors to appreciate, admire and enjoy our beautiful trees.

Trees of Significance

Tuesday 1 May 2 – 3pm

Join an Arboretum guide and explore some of the most significant trees from around the world, planted at the Arboretum. Hear about their cultural, spiritual, historical and economic importance. The walk is approximately 2km return, and requires a reasonable level of fitness. Please bring water, wear covered sturdy shoes and be sun smart.

STEP into Plein Air

Wednesday 2 May 9am – 12noon

Bring your easel, sketchbook, paints, pencils or charcoal to the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (forest 20) for a morning of art, native plant appreciation and good company. Morning tea provided. This event is part of Canberra Tree Week. Free event however bookings are essential - please email:

Hug a Tree Day

Saturday 5 May 11:30am – 12noon

Free hugs at the Arboretum! HUG A TREE DAY brings people together to celebrate the special relationship between people and trees. At this inaugural event, we remember Adam Burgess, the founding curator at the Arboretum who was passionate about trees. Meet on the Events Terrace at the National Arboretum at 11:30am and be led to the Camden White Gum forest where we will set our first record for the number of people simultaneously hugging trees at the National Arboretum. This is a free event but registrations prior to the event are required.

World Labyrinth Day

Saturday 5 May 1:00pm

Walk the Arboretum’s Labyrinth Garden for peace and join people walking labyrinths around the globe on World Labyrinth Day ”As One at 1pm”. Guided labyrinth walks from 1pm to 3pm - enjoy the opportunity to quieten your mind and relax your body. Come along on this walking meditation. Free event.

Forest Walk

Saturday 5 May 2 - 3pm

Join a leisurely walk through Forest 20, the location of the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP) at the National Arboretum Canberra. Be introduced to 16 species of local eucalypts and several other species of trees local to Canberra, together with more than 150 species of understory shrubs, herbs and grasses. This is a free event. Forest 20 is an easy 5 minute walk from the Village Centre. FREE walk.

For more information about Canberra Tree Week see TCCS website.

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