Northbourne’s new trees arrive in Canberra

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Northbourne Avenue.

AS the logging continues on Northbourne Avenue new trees have arrived to replace the old.

This has been expected since March when Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said 42 trees have been identified as either dead or decaying, needing urgent removal.

More than 600 Manna gums will form the centre-piece of the revitalised landscaping along Northbourne Avenue.

Through the light rail project the new trees arrived in Canberra today, October 28, where they will continue their growth before being planted in the corridor. 

They will be monitored by local horticultural experts, who will continue to manage their growth.  The trees are expected to get up to four metres tall in time for the light rail operations in 2018.

Yarralumla Nursery general manager Chris Ware said the trees had arrived safely and nursery staff will continue to keep their growth on track.

“Having the trees grown in West Gippsland has allowed them to establish themselves in an area with a much milder winter than Canberra, helping them achieve optimal growth,” Ware said.

“The gums are currently growing in 400mm pots and will be transplanted into larger containers to allow further growth until the time of planting along the Northbourne Avenue corridor.”

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