Westbourne Woods Arboretum - monthly guided walks
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Members of the Friends of the Gardens may be interested in guided walks, on the second Sunday of every month, in the Westbourne Woods, Yarralumla. The walks program for 2017 is here. Walks in Feb and March are led by John Turnbull, and in April by Max Bourke. Both are long-time members of the Friends of the ANBG.
The woods were established by Thomas Weston as an experimental planting area in 1913 and cover 120 hectares (300 acres). 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.