The National Capital Authority is giving notice that the long awaited replanting of Anzac Parade is about to commence.
NCA chief executive, Gary Rake said the Hebe beds are an important commemoration of the ANZAC tradition.
“Anzac Parade is a major ceremonial way in Australia. The plantings of Australian Blue Gums and New Zealand Hebes combine to create a formal landscape which reflects the two nations’ shared military history,” Mr Rake said.
The NCA tested six Hebe varieties between June 2010 and January 2011, to select a replacement for ‘Autumn Glory’, which is no longer readily available in the volume required.
“The ‘Otari Delight’ variety proved to be the most suitable for Anzac Parade. It has compact growth giving a manicured appearance. It also responded well to Canberra’s climate during the trial,” said Mr Rake.
“The National Capital Authority worked closely with the New Zealand High Commission and Auckland Botanic Gardens in selecting the alternative variety. We also sought the advice of independent horticulturalists.”
The renewal work will be conducted in two stages.
The first stage will involve upgrading the irrigation system, rejuvenating the soil, repairing damaged beds and planting the Hebes in 10 beds on the northern half of the Parade. The planting will occur in pairs, beginning with the beds nearest the Australian War Memorial. This stage will be completed prior to Anzac Day 2012.
The second stage will commence in September 2012 and be completed prior to Remembrance Day. This stage includes planting the remaining 18 beds between Blamey Crescent and Constitution Avenue.
Renewal works will be undertaken from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and if required from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. There will be no disruption to traffic during the works.
[Photo by Ray]