I have recently been on a fitness kick and have been walking daily from Curtin to Weston Park. This takes me right through Westbourne Woods. I have to come to see that most Canberran’s have never heard about the place.
The WikiPedia article explains:
Westbourne Woods is an area of exotic tree plantings in the Canberra suburb of Yarralumla in the Australian Capital Territory.
The woods were established by Thomas Weston as an experimental planting area in 1913 and cover 120 hectares. The names of the woods comes from Walter Burley Griffin’s original name for the area. Trees were planted in holes blasted with dynamite and Weston discovered that trees planted in blasted holes did much better than those planted in hand dug holes, probably due to the fracturing effect of the blast. By the end of 1920, George Weston’s team of planters and put in 44,900 exotic trees. The Woods are on the ACT Heritage Register.
Weston went mad on trees from all over the world and the woods are really an amzing place. It’s like a trip around the world in one hour, or so.
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The problem is that it seems to be very unkempt and just looks like no-one loves it.
I am also starting to get worried about all the talk about the Federal Golf Course [Ed – Probably Royal Canberra golf course]. It takes up most of Westbourne Woods and I am wondering if anyone knows if there are any threats to the woods.
Also, I think we should pressure the government to send a team in to spruce it up. If anyone agrees and would like to help organise the things that we could do (FaceBook, Twitter, letters, lobbying, etc) contact me below