Canberra’s Urban Forest Renewal Program

June 8, 2010

Major Projects

ACT Government – Parks, Conservation and Lands

Developed a methodology and GIS application to audit and inventory Canberra’s urban trees.  The refined methodology was adopted by the client and will be used to determine priorities for urban tree renewal; with consideration to risk, amenity, and on-going management of urban trees.

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4 Responses to “Canberra’s Urban Forest Renewal Program”

  1. James Martens-Mullaly Says:

    Hi Sara,

    The trees appearing in the image for the article “Canberra’s Urban Forest Renewal Program” are specimens of European Nettle Tree (Celtis australis), a deciduous tree that is native to Eurpore, the Mediterranean and west Asia.

    Without details of the cemetery location, there is insufficient detail to make specific species recommendations. However, a good starting point to selecting possible candidates is to identify what trees have successfully established on site. Also look at properties in the locale to see what tree species are growing well in the area. Native tree species local to the area may also provide suitable candidates, particularly as the latter should be well adapted to the local conditions.

    I hope this helps and my apologies for the delay in responding.

  2. Sara Says:

    Would you know the variety of tree shown in the image for the article above “Canberra’s Urban Forest Renewal Program”. The shape of these are great. We are renovating a cemetary in Wheatbelt WA and want to plant an avenues of trees (no root invasion). Can you recommend any varieties that may suit, eucalypt family or other native variety…

  3. Dean Simonsen Says:

    Cecilia, thankyou for your enquiry. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the specific tree you are referring to without location details. However, if it is a Hawthorn, it may be Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’, as there seem to be relatively few red flowering hawthorns that are common. I am also wondering whether it may have been a Crab Apple such as Malus X purpurea, which was observed on occasion throughout the study, and can flower profusely as you have explained.

  4. Cecilia Says:

    It was interesting to read about your inventory of Canberra’s urban trees. We visited Canberra in November this year and were impressed by a large red-flowered hawthorn tree (Crataegus) growing on a street corner. Never have we seen such a magnificent tree of this species and the flowers were spectacular. I am sure it must be a local landmark of significance. Later we wished we had taken note of the location.
    Can you possibly tell us which variety of hawthorn this is, and which street corner it is on?

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