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Tree-mendous! Castlemaine oak nominated for top honour

English Oak tree, located in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

Could a tree that’s nearly 160 years-old, and situated in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens be voted the 2021 Victorian Tree of the Year?

Friday 16 April 2021

Could a tree that’s nearly 160 years-old, and situated in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens be voted the 2021 Victorian Tree of the Year?

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has launched the annual Victorian Tree of the Year competition this week, with a 158 year-old majestic English Oak tree in Castlemaine in the running to take out the coveted award.

This year, nine significant trees have been shortlisted, with six finalists from metropolitan Melbourne and three from regional Victoria.

“Our much loved botanical gardens feature an outstanding collection of mature trees, including many conifers, Elms and Oaks, as well as stunning individual specimens of Indian Bean Tree, Peppercorn and Eucalypts,” said Cath Olive, Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The English Oak tree that’s nominated for the 2021 Victorian Tree of the Year is one the largest and oldest known English Oaks in Victoria, and the oldest tree in the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens.”

Planted in 1863 to celebrate the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the tree is a much-loved landmark within the gardens, providing shade to the playground area.

“Many children who visit the botanical gardens will be familiar with this majestic oak, due to its proximity to the playground,” said Ms Olive.

People can view the finalists via the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) website and cast their vote via the Facebook page.

“I’m encouraging as many people as possible to vote for our English Oak tree,” said Ms Olive.

“Let’s make it the Tom Gleeson of trees, and have a rank outsider win the Gold Logie of trees!

“Locals and visitors to the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens know how beautiful the gardens are – and now it’s time to share that love with the rest of the country.”

Voting opens Sunday 18 April and closes on Sunday 2 May 2021. The winner will be announced shortly after.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is the state's leading advocate for the protection of trees.

Since 1982, the Trust has classified over 1,400 trees across Victoria on the National Trust Significant Tree Register.



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