Support Us


Donations made to the Friends are managed through a trust fund and can only be spent on Arboretum projects. Donations may be made - or sought - for nominated projects or, if a general donation, pooled to support a current or future project.

Projects are selected by the Friends Council from proposals that have been identified through consultation with the Arboretum Executive and that meet the general criteria of providing beautification and enhancing the local community and visitor experience at the Arboretum.

Donations have enabled the establishment of the Friends Garden atop Dairy Farmers Hill, Zig Zag Garden 19 (Saltbush), the Ngala Tour Bus, the Friends Forest Shelter, the Working Bee equipment trailer, the documentary – The National Arboretum Canberra – A twenty-year story, and more.

All Friends trust account funds are protected by law and can only be released with the approval of our
appointed trustees for Arboretum projects.

All donations over $2 are tax deductable. See our registered charity status at the

Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission Website

The Arboretum, through the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra, is inviting community sponsorship of seats and picnic settings within its grounds.

Seats and Picnic Settings may be sponsored by individuals, community groups or businesses. Every seat or picnic setting location across the Arboretum has been carefully selected by the Arboretum team, all with a fantastic location.

For all sponsorship enquiries, please contact the Friends team
Seat $10,000
Picnic Setting $15,000