On National Tree Day, register a tree: It’s as easy as one, two, tree

Released 27/07/2018

With National Tree Day on Sunday 29 July 2018, Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) are asking for the community who are passionate about a tree to consider placing it on the ACT Tree Register.

“The ACT Tree Register provides an opportunity for members of the community who are passionate about a tree to protect it,” Urban Treescapes Manager, Rachael Dawes, said.

“Introduced in 2006, the ACT Tree Register has since had over 200 registrations, registering individual trees on public and private land as well as groups of trees like the 2,685 in Haig Park.

“TCCS works hard to manage the urban forest and ensure it is safe and provides amenity to our city, and the ACT Tree Register helps celebrate the exceptional trees in our city.”

Four videos have been published on the TCCS website to tell the story of the ACT Tree Register and introduce members of the community who have registered trees with a unique history.

These stories include a Maple tree received from the Canadian Government as well as Olive, Pear and Osage orange trees with living links to Canberra’s early settlers in the 1800s.

The ACT Tree Register is administered under the Tree Protection Act 2005 with trees meeting criteria placed on the Provisional Register for up to 12 months before they are placed on the full Register. Trees must be located in built up urban areas and possess natural or cultural values, landscape and aesthetic values or scientific values.

National Tree Day, an initiative of Planet Ark, is Australia's largest tree planting and nature care event. On Friday 3 August 2018, members of the TCCS Urban Treescapes team will celebrate National Tree Day by planting up to 20 trees in Weston Park to resurrect some of the historical planting patterns from the masterplan as a tribute to Charles Weston.

The new videos and more information about the ACT Tree Register can be found at www.tccs.act.gov.au.

For more information on National Tree Day visit treeday.planetark.org/

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