A township within an arboretum

The full measure of a culture embraces both the actions of its people and the quality of their aspirations, the nature of the metaphors that propel their lives. And no description of a people can be complete without reference to the character of their homeland, the ecological and geographical matrix in which they have determined to live out their destiny.

Just as landscape defines character, culture springs from a spirit of place.

Wade Davis, ‘The Wayfinders’, 2008, p38


Ballan is investing in trees for the future. Our vision for Ballan is to become Australia’s first town within an arboretum. In its simplest form an arboretum is a place with trees.

As a small town we wish to engender a theatrical presence of something grander. Our concept is to include an inventory of Ballan’s existing diverse species of trees and to plant purposeful trees in meaningful places over the next ten years. Deciduous, evergreen and indigenous species will be considered as all build on and extend the rich heritage of existing trees in the township.

The arboretum will encompass beautiful walks, protective habitats, wildlife corridors and environmental programs in an open air-learning environment. The unique concept was the initiative of a group of local residents, supported by the Chamber of Commerce and became a design project investigated by landscape architecture students from RMIT.

We value our trees as assets. We want Ballan residents to own, love and care for what we share in common.

To find out more or make a donation or offer your unique set of skills or talents to the Friends of the Ballan Arboretum, please use the contact form below or send an email to

The Ballan Arboretum Group would like to acknowledge the Wadawurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters that encompass the area from the Great Dividing Range in the North to the coast in the South, from Werribee River in the East to Aireys Inlet in the West, which includes Geelong and Ballarat.


For any questions or comments, please email us below.

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