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GPO Box 1777
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone (02) 62509450
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Media enquiries: Anne Joyce 6250 9538


Freak storm damages national plant collection

The Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra will re-open to the public on Thursday15 February following a major clean-up effort after storm damage on Tuesday evening. It is only the second time in the Gardens' history that it has been closed to the public all day.

"The Gardens has lost about 18 significant trees and many others have been badly damaged.' Gardens' Director, Robin Nielsen, said.

"We are continuing to assess the damage, particularly to ensure public safety. Some specific areas of the Gardens may remain closed for several weeks until tree surgeons have completed their work. We expect that clean-up operations may take around a month."

"It's at times like these that you really appreciate the dedication of the Gardens' staff, who have worked tirelessly to get the site open again for the public."

Plans are already in action to re-propagate trees and shrubs damaged or lost in the storm.

Normal services will resume at the Café, Bookshop and Visitor Centre on Thursday from 9.30am and booked functions are not expected to be affected.

Media contact: Robin Nielsen (6250-9524)
General enquiries: Visitor Centre (6250-9540)