Celebrating nature at the WA Tree Festival

Published on Monday, 17 April 2023 at 11:08:20 AM

Albany’s natural spaces will be put on the map this month as the WA Tree Festival returns for a second year, highlighting the intrinsic value of our trees and natural surroundings.

The City of Albany is partnering with the City of Stirling and local governments across the State to deliver a schedule of activities across April and May this year.

Running from 19 April to 4 May 2023, the City’s Tree Festival program provides a diverse variety of events to help the Albany community connect with the natural world around them.

Festival partners Great Southern Science Council and South Coast NRM will deliver a Yarning Circle titled Trees & Forests that includes a discussion lead by Menang Noongar elders and scientists.

This Yarning Circle discussion will be captured live in a painting by Noongar artist Shandell Cummings.

The Albany Public Library will become a hub of events, hosting a nature writing workshop, movie afternoon, meditation and poetry listening lounges for all to enjoy.

Albany’s event program will close on May 4 with the Science & Art on Noongar Boodja Sundowner, distilling the knowledge and stories shared from the Great Southern Science

Council’s series of Yarning Circles alongside an exhibition of artworks inspired by each discussion.

City of Albany Manager Engineering and Sustainability Ruth March said the collaborative nature of the festival would capture the many different facets trees play in our lives.

“The City of Albany has an urban network of more than 12,000 trees in our municipality,” she said.

“Each tree may represent something different for each individual in our community, from creating a sense of identity in our suburbs, reducing our environmental impact or symbolising a personal connection to nature.

“This festival provides the opportunity for our community to come together to share stories, appreciate and learn more about the trees in our neighbourhoods.”

For the City of Albany’s WA Tree Festival program, head to www.albany.wa.gov.au/events

This festival is proudly supported by the Great Southern Science Council – through Inspiring Australia funding – and Lotterywest programs Walking Together and South Coast Enviro-Experiences.

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