Cedar of Lebanon planted to represent Canberra and Lebanon's close ties


Released 16/04/2012

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today joined His Excellency General Sleiman, President of the Republic of Lebanon, in a tree planting ceremony at the National Arboretum Canberra.

"A Cedar of Lebanon was planted today to represent our commitment to strengthening the relationship between our two countries and, in particular, the ties between the people of the ACT and Lebanon," the Chief Minister said.

"It is fitting that a Cedar of Lebanon was chosen to be planted today, as this unique species is the national tree of Lebanon and the prominent centrepiece of the Lebanese national flag.

"The Cedar of Lebanon is an impressive tree, growing to some 25 metres in height with branches that can spread horizontally for up to 20 metres. The tree, which grows in high, cold mountainous regions, will thrive in Canberra's cold winter weather," the Chief Minister said.

The President will join a number of visiting leaders and dignitaries who have planted a tree in the Central Valley of the National Arboretum.

"On completion of the National Arboretum's Visitors' Centre guests will overlook this impressive valley with its sweeping terraces and pathway winding down past trees planted by these heads of government, as well as iconic Canberrans and Australians," the Chief Minister said.

"The National Arboretum is fast becoming an iconic Canberra destination and it is very pleasing to see the 100 Forests 100 Gardens design concept well under way, with 85 forests and approximately 36,000 trees planted so far.

"However, it is future generations that will see the full splendour of the trees planted over recent years and of course, the Cedar of Lebanon that was planted today," the Chief Minister concluded.

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