5 May 2021

Your say: Where to see the best of Canberra's autumn glory

| Kim Treasure
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Autumn in Canberra

Autumn in Canberra is a spectacular show of colour. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Few could argue with the fact that Canberra’s streets are spectacular in autumn.

A drive through some of our leafy suburbs is nothing less than a delight as the green hues of summer turn into autumnal gold.

After a hiatus last year, Canberra Tree Week is back, with great events happening across the ACT to encourage Canberrans to appreciate and celebrate our local trees.

Minister for City Services Chris Steel said Canberra’s extensive urban forest is a big part of what makes our city so special – particularly at this time of year.

“Tree Week is a chance to celebrate our trees and appreciate them as one of our community’s greatest shared assets,” Mr Steel said.

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“During the week, there will be lots of great events including guided walks, poetry writing … as well as a special story walk at the National Arboretum. We encourage Canberrans of all ages to get involved.”

As part of Tree Week, Region Media asked Canberrans to nominate their favourite leafy street and post photos to The Canberra Page.

Here’s the result – a spectacular gallery of photos and a list of some of the top spots to enjoy this annual delight.

  • Carmichael St and Gormanston Cres, Deakin.
  • Howitt St, Kingston.
  • Janda Cres and Grant Cres, Griffith.
  • Miller St, Lyneham.
  • Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla.
  • Glebe Park, City.
  • Ebden St, Ainslie.
  • Friendship St, Red Hill.

If you’d like to plan a tour of some of the top sites, you can click here for an interactive autumn leaves map.

Meanwhile, the Our Forest in Focus exhibition is also on daily during Tree Week. It showcases some of the region’s most spectacular trees with images taken by local photographer Graham Gall.

Mr Steel said the ACT Government is responsible for over 770,000 public trees in streets and urban open spaces across our city.

“Earlier this year, we released the Urban Forest Strategy 2021-2045, which will guide the future management and growth of our urban forest, to maintain a resilient, diverse and sustainable tree canopy.

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“We’ve also commenced the pilot Street Forestry Program, focused on raising awareness of the benefits of street trees. We hope to plant around 400 trees as part of the pilot, which allows local residents to get involved with the planting and ongoing care of street trees across Canberra’s suburbs.

“Canberra Tree Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our trees. I encourage Canberrans to take this opportunity to learn more about this city’s diverse urban forest and the role our treescape plays in keeping Canberra liveable, sustainable and resilient for generations to come.”

Canberra Tree Week runs until Sunday, 9 May.

Many of the events require bookings. Places are limited and will book out quickly, so check out the calendar of events and make your booking.

To share Gungahlin’s glorious autumn with the rest of Canberra, post your pix to MyGunghanlin.

Original Article published by Kim Treasure on The RiotACT.

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