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Canberra's ancient giant gum moves home

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016

For 400 years an "ancient giant" in Canberra has stood in one place defying the test of time.

Now it's getting a new home.

The ACT government is moving a huge Yellow Box gum tree out of the suburbs and using it to mark the entrance of a new nature reserve.

The tree in Nicholls has a trunk that is five metres round and 17 metres tall.

"This ancient giant would have germinated as a small seedling in the 17th century around the time the finishing touches were being made to the Taj Mahal," ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman said on Tuesday.

"It has since been standing tall through the industrial revolution, world wars and the establishment of Canberra."

The tree lost a limb in recent storms and has been declared unsafe to houses close by.

It will be removed with a crane and transported on a semi-trailer to its new home at the entrance of the soon-to-be-declared Molonglo River Reserve - where it will probably be lying down - to continue providing a habitat for animals, birds and insects.

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