TLC for Anzac Parade Trees

Media Release

18 November 2013

The National Capital Authority (NCA) will commence landscape renewal activities along Anzac Parade from tomorrow, in advance of the ANZAC centenary commemorations next year.

The aim of the work is to improve public safety, as well as lengthen the life of the existing trees along Anzac Parade.

NCA Acting Chief Executive Andrew Smith said the works will be undertaken in two stages.

'Over the next three weeks, 19 dead and one storm damaged trees will be removed along Anzac Parade. There are 620 trees on either side of the Parade, so this represents only three per cent of the total number,' Mr Smith said.

'The trees are scattered throughout the treed verge areas and have been assessed as requiring prompt removal. The trees will be replaced next Spring to maintain the existing number of trees lining the Parade.

'The replacement trees are grown from seed stock taken from the existing trees on the Parade and germinated at Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra. The replacement trees will be around one metre in height when planted.

'The second stage of work to rejuvenate the soil under the trees will commence early next year. The soil will be cored, and then compost and mulch will be distributed over the surface.

'This work will address nutrient deficiencies, improve infiltration and moisture retention throughout the treed area of the Parade and help prolong the life of the trees.

'These trees are more than 50 years old. The original planting of Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus bicostata) trees along Anzac Parade was undertaken to be ready for 1965, the 50th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings,' he said.

The works reflects the NCA's commitment to maintaining this heritage precinct to a high standard in keeping with the area's heritage management plan.

The maintenance program has been timed to occur outside major commemorative events. Stage one of the works will commence on 19 November 2013 and will take up to three weeks to complete. Stage two will begin on 6 January and will be completed before ANZAC Day.

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