Revamped walk highlights significant trees at ANU

16 May 2016

ANU has launched the reinvigorated Lindsay Pryor Walk, as a result of a grant from ACT Heritage.

It is a self-guided trail of 22 significant tree species, celebrating the contributions made by Professor Lindsay Pryor to Canberra's urban forest.

"It is fabulous to see the walk complete with some new trees, plaques and a much improved, updated brochure - a fitting tribute for a man of trees," said Melinda Walker, ANU arborist.

Highlights on the walk include a variety of eucalypts, including Pryor's namesake Eucalyptus pryoriana; a Lace-bark Pine grown from a seed collected in the Forbidden City, Beijing; a Parana Pine from Southern Brazil; and a Giant Sequoia sibling of General Sherman, the largest tree in the world.

Professor Pryor was an eminent botanist specialising in eucalypts and the first Chair of the Department of Botany at ANU. He founded the Australian National Botanic Gardens and was Director of Parks and Gardens for the ACT.

ANU Heritage Officer Amy Jarvis said an important part of the campus' landscape heritage had been preserved and could now be enjoyed by the ANU and wider Canberra community thanks to the grant from ACT Heritage.

"As part of the ANU Walks App, the Lindsay Pryor Walk joins a network of campus walks including heritage, sustainability, sculptures, political history, architecture and landscape planning," she said.

"These walks can help people to get to know their campus in a more intimate way."

Maps and brochures of the walk are available from the Hancock Library or the Fenner School.