Raiders Coach and club legend, Ricky Stuart has received some special recognition with a tree planted in his honour at the National Arboretum.

He’s among a handful of people chosen to be included in the Arboretum’s Australian Hero section of the park.

ACT City Services Minister, Chris Steel said Ricky is an inspiration to the Canberra community.

“His work in advocating for people with autism and their families but also his sporting career spanning many decades.”

The Hoop Pine tree usually lives for about 450 years and it’s hoped the newest addition to the Arboretum will help to recognise and preserve the Raiders Great’s legacy for generations to come.

Mr Steel said the Government is also looking forward to dedicating further plantings to other inspiring Australians.

“There are eight dedicated trees that are currently located within the Central Valley and over the coming weeks and months we’ll be making further dedications to significant Australians that have made a contribution to our community.”

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“So they can be recognised there and hopefully inspire others.” He added.