Tree Guru - Avenue Trees

Episode 4
Title: Tree Guru-Avenue Trees
Presenter: Wes Fleming
Broadcast Date: 23/3/14

If you want to make a statement, a tree avenue is the way to do it. There are a few tree varieties that work well in this role and Tree Guru Wes Fleming walks us through some of his favorites. Wes also provides us with a history of the use of tree avenues, and their role in remembering those who fought and died for Australia in the first and second world war. 

A tree-tribute.

  • Ballarat in country Victoria is home to a range of beautiful and striking tree avenues.
  • These old avenues honoring Australian soldiers from the first and second world wars are reaching ripe old ages – around 80 to 90 years.
  • The avenue of honour is unique to Australia and mostly to Victoria, in fact there are 128 in Victoria, planted between 1917 and 1921.  But many are dying and being cut down – a pretty sad indictment on our enduring appreciation for those brave men.
  • However, in Ballarat an extensive restoration and replanting program has taken place and once again the grandeur of a natural avenue will reign supreme.
  • One of Wes’ favorite avenue trees is the Lipstick Maple – with their fiery autumn tones
  • In Ballarat the original 3771 trees planted were are mix of 23 varieties including types of Ash, Elm, Plane Trees, Maples, Oak and Birch.
  •  These are still some of the best for avenue planting today and Wes would also include the Zelkova and Pyrus calleryana cultivars into the mix.
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