Queen Victoria Park Conservation, Enhancement and Education Program

  • Project typeConservation and Enhancement
  • Project value$192,579
  • Project scheduleOn Schedule
  • Completion Date31 March 2022
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About this project

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is delivering the grants program to assist botanic garden managers to adapt to climate change, maintain valuable plant collections, improve amenities for the community and support local tourism development.

Why is this project being undertaken?

Queen Victoria Park is a much loved asset in Beechworth. Projects will include an upgrade of the path network to arrest erosion and improve accessibility, planting of rare specimen trees, landscaping, conservation of features within the Park including the remnant indigenous forest vegetation, installation of interpretive signs and provision of new picnic facilities to improve park infrastructure and visitor experience. The project is important to renew this important public asset and state significant botanic garden for the community and tourists alike.

What is happening and when?

Tree planting will be undertaken in June, additional landscaping works around the carparks is scheduled for September, path construction scheduled for November 2021 and installation of signs in February 2022 

What will be the impact of these works?

Queen Victoria Park will be temporarily closed for the carpark landscaping and path construction works.

June 2021 Update

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

 

What's been planted?

The bulk of the plants were grown from seed by Council staff at the Indigo Shire Council nursery in Chiltern.

Below is the full list of trees that will be planted in Queen Victoria Park. The majority of these trees were planted in our June planting but a  small number of trees will be planted in March 2022 at the official opening.

  • Pinus strobus - Eastern White Pine (Eastern North America)
  • Pinus mugo - Dwarf Mountain Pine (Southern and Central Europe)
  • Pinus roxburghii - Long Leaf Indian Pine (Himalayas)
  • Pinus parviflora glauca – Blue Japanese White Pine (Japan)
  • Pinus pinea – Stone pine (Mediteranean)
  • Pinus sylvestris argentea – Blue Scots Pine (Asia/ Europe)
  • Pinus coulteri – Big Cone Pine (Southern California)
  • Pinus wallichiana – Himalayan White Pine (Himalayas – eastern Afghanistan to northern Burma)
  • Pinus bhutanica – Bhutan White Pine (Bhutan and north east India)
  • Pinus elliottii – Slash Pine (South East America)
  • Pinus tabuliformis – Chinese Red Pine (Northern China)
  • Pinus thunbergii – Japanese Black Pine (Japan and South Korea)
  • Pinus strobiformis – Mexican White Pine (Southwestwern United States and Mexico)
  • Pinus nigra subsp pallasiana – (Turkey/ Cypress)
  • Pinus jeffreyi – Jeffries Pine (California)
  • Pinus serotina – Pond/ Marsh Pine (SE Atlantic Coast)
  • Pinus muricata – Bishop Pie (California and off shore islands)
  • Pinus nigra – Black Pine - (Mediteranean)
  • Pinus patula – Mexican Weeping Pine (Mexican highlands)
  • Pinus bungeana – Bunge’s Pine  (China)
  • Pinus sabiniana – Foothill Pine (California)
  • Pinus banksiana – Jack Pine (Canada – East of the Rockies)
  • Pinus sylvestris mongolica – Mongolian Pine (China)
  • Taxodium distichium – Bald Cypress (Southern United States)
  • Taxodium murconatum – Montezuma Bald Cypress (Mexico and Guatemala)
  • Wollemia nobilis – Wollemi Pine (NSW, Australia)

 

Location

Ford Street, Beechworth 3747  View Map

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