Windmill Palm the latest addition to the Arboretum


Released 02/05/2013

ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, today joined His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, for a ceremonial tree planting at the National Arboretum Canberra.

"A Trachycarpus Fortunei (Windmill palm) which, once mature, stands up to 20 metres tall on a single stem, was planted in the Central Valley area," the Chief Minister said.

"It is an honour to welcome His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, to the National Arboretum, and to Canberra and thank him for his contribution to the Arboretum which leaves a legacy of this visit for many years to come," the Chief Minister said.

"The Windmill palm planted at the Arboretum today is the first of its kind at the 250 hectare site, and is a very unique tree cultivated for thousands of years due to the strength of its leaf fibres which are used for making ropes, sacks and cloth."

The tree planting ceremony was the first for the year and the first since the Arboretum was officially opened in February. There has been 47 ceremonial tree plantings at the Arboretum to date, with 33 trees planted by heads of government.

"This tree is another fantastic addition to the Arboretum which features forests of Australian natives and various rare and endangered trees from Australia and around the world. It is a place where trees are being cultivated for conservation, scientific and educational study, display and preservation," the Chief Minister said.

"I encourage all visitors to the site to take a walk up to the Wide Brown Land sculpture to take in the view across Canberra and look out at the Arboretum's 35,000 trees in 90 forests that will stand tall as one of the many great attractions of our wonderful city."

As well as the forests, this place of beauty, tranquillity, recreation, research and learning has a café and shop, the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and the Canberra Discovery Garden. There are self-guiding walking trails and guided tours, inspirational architecture, picnic areas and a children's play space is due to open in June this year.

The National Arboretum Canberra is open seven days a week from 7 am to 5.30 pm during non-daylight savings and the Village Centre is open seven days a week (except Christmas Day) from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

 

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