Melbourne’s tree population is vast - we have 70,000 council-owned trees, worth around $650 million.
The urban forest is a defining part of Melbourne. We live in the world’s most liveable city and our parks, gardens, green spaces and tree-lined streets contribute enormously to this status.
Royal Park contains the only two remnant woodland sites within the municipality.
Melbourne has some of the most significant mature elm trees in the world after Dutch Elm Disease almost totally destroyed elm populations in the northern hemisphere. Notable examples to appear on the National Trust Significant Tree Register are the:
- avenue plantings of English Elm on Royal Parade
- avenue of London Plane in Carlton Gardens
- English Elm avenue in Fitzroy Gardens
- sole Golden Elm at the intersection of Punt Road and Alexandra Avenue
There are ten native trees listed on the National Trust Significant Tree Register including Aboriginal scar trees that are found in Yarra Park and Fitzroy Gardens.
The Gallipolli Pine or Lone Pine was planted at the Shrine Reserve in 1933. This tree was grown from seed collected by a soldier, Sgt. Keith Mc Dowell, who picked up a cone from the Lone Pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915, a tree that was destroyed in the fighting.
Generations of seedlings have since been grown from the Gallipoli Lone Pine under the direction of Melbourne Legacy’s Commemoration Committee which is responsible for the collection, propagation, presentation and dedication of Lone Pines from the 24th Battalion tree at the Shrine of Remembrance.
If you are interested in further information on Lone Pine Trees please contact Melbourne Legacy on 03 9663 3564.