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The Turks fill up the arboretum

By johnboy - 6 August 2008 11

The Chief Minister has gleefully announced that Turkey is giving us 17 seedlings (that rolls off the tongue rather pleasingly), from the stock of the infamous “Lone Pine” of Gallipoli, for his arboretum.

It’s a little odd because they’ve been grown from the pine that’s next to, er, the War Memorial here in Canberra.

So did these seedlings ever leave Australia?

Anyway nice gesture, time for forgiveness, all that stuff, and another shiny plaque for the arboretum.

UPDATED: Tonka has made the following interesting contribution:

    Seedlings which somehow come from the tree at Lone Pine have been available from the Yarralumla Nursery for some time and from memory cost about $3.

    I checked this out a while ago and actually spoke to people at the nursery about it.

So seventeen seedlings comes to $51?

What’s Your opinion?


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The Turks fill up the arboretum
Mælinar - *spoiler 8:38 am 07 Aug 08

I think the RiotACT should donate an Atlas Cedar from that lot that were cut down a while ago, or at least some stock from some adjacent suburbs trees.

peterh 8:15 am 07 Aug 08

of course, what will be next?

giant redwood tree sapling, don’t think jon will be around to see that one grow….

Granny 11:49 pm 06 Aug 08

peterh said :

$51 plus consultation, placement of the seedlings, commissioning a plaque, installing said plaque…. at least $500k….

Unless they get the GDE mob on to it…. With a few budget blowouts who knows what it could be worth?

; )

peterh 1:17 pm 06 Aug 08

Thumper said :

Does anyone else see the irony of planting a pine in a , well, burnt down pine forest…

more to burn next time. wonder what (if any) fire sprinkler systems will be put in place to protect the arboretum?

Thumper 1:07 pm 06 Aug 08

Does anyone else see the irony of planting a pine in a , well, burnt down pine forest…

peterh 12:33 pm 06 Aug 08

$51 plus consultation, placement of the seedlings, commissioning a plaque, installing said plaque…. at least $500k….

Granny 12:00 pm 06 Aug 08

So basically Turkey’s gift to Canberra is worth about … 51 bucks?

*hehe*

Certainly economical anyway!

; )

Tonka 11:41 am 06 Aug 08

Seedlings which somehow come from the tree at Lone Pine have been available from the Yarralumla Nursery for some time and from memory cost about $3.

I checked this out a while ago and actually spoke to people at the nursery about it.

Skidbladnir 11:07 am 06 Aug 08

There are Lone Pine seedlings at cenotaphs all over Australia.
We organised maybe a dozen for the Downs (through the War Memorial) several years ago.
Those that weren’t killed off by drought were lucky to survive council lawnmowers, but they’re not hard to come by (and didn’t involve the Turkish Embassy)

Desperate to maintain a “business as usual – building up civil projects” profile before the election, maybe?

peterh 10:59 am 06 Aug 08

does that mean that it isn’t, any more?

fnaah 10:44 am 06 Aug 08

Am I the only one that senses deep irony in reproducing the Lone Pine?

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