SEYMOUR’S Anzac Avenue will soon be covered by a lush green canopy as 28 English Oak trees have been planted to help recreate the avenue of trees planted in 1917.
In acknowledgement of the many young soldiers who had volunteered to fight for Australia in World War one, the residents of Seymour planted 114 oak trees along Anzac Avenue on July 21, 1917.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the trees would help revitalise the character of Seymour and neighbouring towns.
‘‘One of Mitchell Shire’s main attractions is our rural landscapes and trees are an important part of our region’s character,” she said.
“We have planted new trees across the shire and will continue to work alongside developers and contractors to ensure we maintain a healthy network of trees.
“We look forward to the current plantings continuing to enhance our towns.”
Of the healthy crepe myrtles that were removed to make way for the oak trees, 11 were transplanted in Howard Place Reserve to help screen the boundary fence. Another three crepe myrtles were planted near the carpark in Kings Park.
James Hall from The Seymour We Want community group led the campaign to secure a grant of $10,000 for the 28 English Oak trees.
“Growing up in Seymour, it’s great to see this avenue recreated as the memorial it was originally intended for,” he said.
“It will also create a much-needed street canopy for one of our main thoroughfares.”
The planting works are part of the Mitchell Shire 2021 planting season, which has seen almost 1600 trees planted throughout the shire.