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Special sports trees at the Arboretum

By 4 March 2011 5

7 March 2011
11:00 am

Chief Minister Stanhope is letting us know that on top of luring a string of foreign dignitaries to his arboretum he’s now be able to star spot with some sportspeople:

Mr Stanhope said he was delighted that Mal Meninga, Lauren Jackson, Robert De Castella, and David Campese had agreed to attend the special tree planting ceremony on Monday, March 7.

“These individuals have made a remarkable contribution to our city and our nation as sporting champions and role-models for aspiring athletes,” Mr Stanhope said. “And now their legacy and connection to Canberra will be recognised through the planting of a tree at the National Arboretum.”

The sporting stars will each plant an Araucaria cunninghamii, commonly known as the Hoop pine, which is native to eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea. The drought resistant tree grows to a height of 30-36m and can live up to 450 years.

All Canberra sport and tree lovers are invited to come along to watch a 11am in the National Arboretum’s Central Valley.

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5 Responses to Special sports trees at the Arboretum
#1
KaptnKaos10:54 am, 04 Mar 11

Whoop de doo Basil. chiefly justifying what he’s wasting our hard earned on and his existance again.

#2
Chop713:28 pm, 04 Mar 11

Maybe he should declare it a public holiday so we can all attend as it is of such high importance

#3
merlin bodega12:13 pm, 07 Mar 11

The arboretum just gets more absurd by the minute.

#4
EvanJames12:51 pm, 07 Mar 11

I visited the arboretum on a rainy winter’s day some months back, and was impressed by the scale of it. If they can get some of the more “marginal” trees to establish, then it is going to be a very good forest of interesting trees. I figure the special commemorative trees are some kind of stunt to keep the arboretum in the news.

#5
Chop712:07 pm, 07 Mar 11

The drought resistant tree grows to a height of 30-36m and can live up to 450 years.

Oh yeah, it’s going to look fantastic in 450 years ….. I hope our great great great great great …. grandkids thank us.

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