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Discover a Living Treasure on National Tree Day

Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Many of Victoria’s oldest and most interesting trees are found in parks and reserves across East Gippsland, and Parks Victoria wants people to get out and discover some of them on National Tree Day, July 28.

Parks Victoria’s District Manager Will McCutcheon says historical trees are living legends in their own right.

“They are the botanical monuments to our local history, both of early Aboriginal culture and the Europeans who first settled in these areas. They range from old gums carrying the scars of having bark removed for canoes, shields and other items, to the huge pear and olive trees planted by early settlers in Mitchell River National Park.”

There are also some very historic native trees in the region. The state’s only Spotted Gums are to be found in Mottle Range Reserve, between Orbost and Buchan, and there are magnificent survivors of early logging at Ash Saddle in the Snowy River National Park. For the more adventurous there are some breathtaking giants in Errinundra National Park along its Old Growth Walk.

Many people also celebrate National Tree Day by planting their own piece of living history, so it’s not surprising that its Australia's biggest community tree-planting event.

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