ABOVE: At Rutherglen on Saturday, Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, discussed plans for the avenue of pines with Indigo Shire Council parks and gardens specialists Wayne Vincent and James Harrison, and the Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor
Memorial Park Rutherglen will soon have an avenue of Lone Pine decendants to replace the ageing elms.
"Descendants of Pine Trees brought home from Gallipoli have been planted across Australia as a symbol of the courage, sacrifice and resilience of the men and women who served in WW I," the Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor, said.
"Pine cones of the Aleppo Pine (Pinus halipensis) were collected from the beaches and trenches of Gallipoli to serve as a living reminder for the soldiers and their families back home."
It has since been established that the gaunt heroic silhouette on the Lone Pine Ridge at Gallipoli was in fact that of the Turkish Pine, (Pinus brutia).
"Of course, the symbolism and more than 100 years of reverence and remembrance are what really matters. The fact that academics and botanists now know there are two versions of the "Lone Pine" story adds just another footnote to the Anzac legend," Cr O'Connor said.
Both types of pines have been planted and are growing in Anzac memorials across the nation.
Indigo Shire's arborist, James Harrison, in cooperation with the Rutherglen RSL Sub-Branch and its secretary David Martin (pictured), has sourced 12 Pinus brutia for the avenue of remembrance.
Workmen will begin removing the elms on Tuesday, so the pines can be planted before Anzac Day to ensure best conditions for their health and optimum growth.
"The existing avenue of elms is in poor condition. Dieback is evident in the crowns of all specimens as well as decay in trunks and large limbs, which is a safety hazard," Cr O'Connor said.
"Indigo Shire Council and the RSL Sub-Branch is taking this opportunity to replace the old avenue with new plantings of this significant commemorative species."