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Thieves strike Stanhope Memorial Arboretum

By johnboy - 14 September 2009 18

The Canberra Times brings word that Stanhope’s Folly, aka the Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens has had a spot of bother with thieves making off with 140 saplings.

In an interesting insight into the administration of the arboretum it was only discovered when Comrade Stanhope himself was out taking an apparently regular constitutional and noticed the missing beech and pear trees.

$6,700 isn’t a lot of money for the risks involved, but if you’re offered a cheap tree in the next few days at least you’ll know it has top notch provenance.

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Thieves strike Stanhope Memorial Arboretum
busgirl 7:02 pm 14 Sep 09

Bloody bunch of thieving bastards. Why don’t you get a job and buy the saplings with your own money instead? Losers.
I personally love the idea of a tree museum and can’t wait till we are allowed to have a look around.

Pommy bastard 5:59 pm 14 Sep 09

I’m going to be offering home made Devonshire pear cider next year. If you’d like a sample, sign up for a few bottles here; iknickedstanstrees@cider.com

I-filed 5:42 pm 14 Sep 09

peterh said :

what makes me wonder is why they went after the pear and beech trees? why not some of the exotics? or would that stand out like the proverbial in a suburban backyard?

A pear tree isn’t an exotic?

Trunking symbols 5:16 pm 14 Sep 09

redbananas said :

Joni Mitchell foresaw such an occasion –

They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum
Then they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see them.

. . . and those of us who remember the bush and pinies on the site pre-arboretum can reflect on the following lyrics:

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

p1 4:49 pm 14 Sep 09

Joni Mitchell foresaw such an occasion

That raises an interesting question. Will there be big enough parking lot at the Arboretum?

redbananas 4:45 pm 14 Sep 09

Joni Mitchell foresaw such an occasion –

They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum
Then they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see them.

julz 4:42 pm 14 Sep 09

Stanhope moved out of Kaleen some time ago.

p1 4:35 pm 14 Sep 09

“I had recently reflected on what a pretty picture (the beeches) made and the cathedral-like effect they would have after I’m gone. But that cathedral effect will no longer be possible”. (Stanhope – from the CT report).

That is a seriously swollen head speaking.

What, they are going to leave a lawn where the stolen trees were going to be? Or did the thieves salt the earth too?

housebound 2:13 pm 14 Sep 09

R. Slicker said :

The only thing remarkable about this incident is that it didn’t happen a lot earlier. BTW why does Stanhope take his regular constitutionals at the arboretum when he lives in Kaleen?

That explains why he is no longer seen drinking coffee on Saturday mornings at Belconnen Mall.

cranky 12:34 pm 14 Sep 09

“I had recently reflected on what a pretty picture (the beeches) made and the cathedral-like effect they would have after I’m gone. But that cathedral effect will no longer be possible”. (Stanhope – from the CT report).

That is a seriously swollen head speaking.

peterh 12:21 pm 14 Sep 09

what makes me wonder is why they went after the pear and beech trees? why not some of the exotics? or would that stand out like the proverbial in a suburban backyard?

SheepGroper 12:14 pm 14 Sep 09

I heard a mention of this on 666 this morning, apparently the tree farm isn’t open to the public yet, so Stanhopeless must need serious privacy during his “constitutionals”.

It was suggested that the young trees would be sold interstate as they’d be too easily recognised if the thieves tried selling them here.

Holden Caulfield 12:08 pm 14 Sep 09

Well, the bastards can’t steal the saplings from our block any more! 🙁

Skidbladnir 11:49 am 14 Sep 09

Canberra has a long history of ‘botanical inventory leakage’ from public spaces.
http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/act/content/2006/s2651146.htm

R. Slicker 11:04 am 14 Sep 09

The only thing remarkable about this incident is that it didn’t happen a lot earlier. BTW why does Stanhope take his regular constitutionals at the arboretum when he lives in Kaleen?

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