Chief Minister Gallagher has let it be known she’s been palm planting with the Sultan of Brunei at the arboretum:
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.
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“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,” 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.