Released 12/03/2019

The ACT Government will soon start a program of renewing the treescape within the popular Yarralumla Dog Park to replace dead or dying trees in the area.

Urban Treescapes Manager Rachael Dawes said that a number of pine trees in the dog park had reached the end of their life span and needed to be removed for safety reasons, as well as to improve the aesthetics of the area.

“We are committed to maintaining our urban forest here in the ACT, and it is important that we do renewal projects like this to rejuvenate areas with trees at the end of their life,” Ms Dawes said.

“Once the trees are removed we will be planting new trees in the park. We know those who use the park and their canine friends love having a bit of shade, especially on hotter days. We plan to start planting in spring this year. At this stage we are still looking at a number of options for the species of trees that will replace the existing pines.”

The removal of the trees will be staged over the next few months. Once works start the dog park will be subject to short term closures while the trees are being removed. These closures should last for one day at a time. The ACT Government will post signage before works take place.

“We will also be using these pine trees as a training opportunity for new aborists,” Ms Dawes said.

“The training will involve dismantling six identified trees in stages within the park. This is a great chance for new arborists to practice, without the risk of damaging a healthy tree.”

The big dog area will be closed while training takes place on Thursday 14 March.

The ACT Government would like to thank locals and dog park users for their patience as we work to improve this park. For more information contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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