Fadden Pines



Fadden Pines is a 41 hectare district park located in the suburb of Fadden, with access off Bugden Avenue. The park features an adventure playground, skateboard area and picnic areas.

Fadden Pines was established in the early stages of Canberra’s rural soil conservation work in the 1950s. In the 1970s and 1980s, the forest became an urban demonstration forest and facilities for public recreational use were installed.Fadden Pines photo



Afforestation and rural soil conservation in the ACT

The origins of this park can be traced back to the foresight of Charles Weston, the ACT's first Officer in Charge, Afforestation from 1913 to 1925. During this pioneering period Weston demonstrated that reafforestation of the denuded rural lands, with which he was confronted, was possible, particularly through the establishment of plantations of Monterey pine and other suitable tree species. He also saw that rural landholders needed to be helped to manage their land more responsibly from a soil conservation point of view by making available to them from his Yarralumla Nursery tree planting stock suitable for use on their properties.

Weston's policies to encourage tree planting on rural properties were expanded in the 1950s and many small tree plantations, mostly of Monterey pine, were established in the ACT at this time at or near badly degraded areas. The Fadden pines (originally called Kambah Pine Forest) were established in this period.

The pine forest was commenced in 1953 on both sides of a deeply eroded creek bed. It was successful in reducing the risk of further gully erosion and in providing a meaningful demonstration to rural landholders in the area of the value of this sort of work, which had, at a later time as a side benefit, an economic return from the sale of logs. These sorts of plantations were the forerunners for more comprehensive programs in Australia in the 1980s and 1990s for rural wood producing/land management plantations.

Designed for recreation and education

In the 1970s and 1980s the forest was adapted to an urban situation and converted to an urban demonstration forest. The deep erosion gully, dangerous for children, was replaced with an underground storm water pipe and a wide grassed channel on top. The forest was treated silviculturally to render it safer from "windthrow". New tree management prescriptions have been established and facilities for public use of the areas installed.


Gray, J (1997) The Historical and Cultural Background of Selected Urban Parks in Canberra.

Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

  • Toilets
  • Electric/gas BBQs
  • Playground
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic shelter
  • Picnic tables
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Cycling
  • Skate park
  • Fixed orienteering course



About urban parks

Transport Canberra and City Services manages urban parks and open space in Canberra. There are three main types of urban parks in Canberra: town parks, district parks and neighborhood parks. Other landscaped components of the park system include:

  • Pedestrian parkland which are corridors of open space provided for pedestrian movement within and between suburbs.
  • Semi-natural open spaces which are areas of remnant grazing land or native vegetation, and include creek corridors, hilltop areas, ridges and buffer areas between suburbs.
  • Native grassland or woodland sites which contain endangered plant species.
  • Major road verges and medians.
  • Informal use ovals which are non-irrigated open dryland grass areas for informal sport and recreational use.
  • Special purpose areas which are large open spaces dedicated to specialised recreational activities or sporting events.

Plans of management

Plans of management for urban parks identify what is important about the areas and how they are to be managed. A plan of management is intended to provide direction and guidance to the land custodian, management staff, visitors, neighbours, volunteers, and others with an interest in the area.

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