Cold, windy and wet conditions did not prevent the planting of 25 trees this week as part of the rejunvenation of Queen Victoria Park in Beechworth. The outdoor conditions were possibly not ideal for humans but were perfect for the planting of young trees.
It was fantastic to have Councillor Larry Goldsworthy and CEO Trevor Ierino join members of the Beechworth Treescape Group and Shire staff for planting. Sadly due to COVID restrictions Beechworth High School volunteers were unable to join us, which was disappointing for all.
The planting saw 25 additional rare and unusual pine trees planted to add to the existing collection in Queen Victoria Park. Weed control was also undertaken.
Queen Victoria Park is a gazetted Botanic Garden and is also listed on the State Heritage Register due to its historical, aesthetic and scientific (botanical) significance to the State of Victoria.
The gardens are recognised as a pinetum – being a collection of pine trees and the Queen Victoria Park contains specimens from across the globe. Many of the trees are identified as being of significance due to their rarity in cultivation or their immense size and age for example the Pinus coulteri which was planted in 1875. Queen Victoria Park also contains significant remnant native vegetation including the rare Dodonaea boroniifolia.
While we couldn’t coincide the planting with these dates, the planting of trees this week was important to help celebrate Botanic Gardens Day 2021 which was on the May 30, which, this year celebrated the power of plants as important in climate stabilisation, value for food, habitat, in research and medicine and as a way to improve our wellbeing. Fine out more: Botanic Gardens Day 2021 - BGANZ | BGANZ.
It was also World Environment Day on the 5 June, another important celebration with the theme reimagine, recreate, restore. Find out more on this celebration here: World Environment Day