Nine of Kings Park’s prized lemon scented gum trees that were wiped out in a freak storm last year were replanted during a special ceremony today.
The 69-year-old trees had stood on Fraser Avenue as part of a permanent guard of honour for prominent Western Australians, until they were damaged during a wild storm on July 1, 2007.
Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman today joined the Kings Park Arbor team, horticultural staff and some of the descendants of those honoured by the trees, for a replanting ceremony.
“The avenue of lemon scented gums along Fraser Avenue is an iconic landmark in Perth that is much admired by millions of visitors and highly revered by many Western Australians,” Mr Templeman said.
“These trees honour some wonderful Western Australians and it is important that we perpetuate this tradition by replacing these trees with some hardy new young trees.
“The new trees have been raised in the Kings Park Nursery from seed collected from the most significant and well-formed specimens of lemon scented gum growing in the Kings Park and Botanical Garden.
“Although they have many years to catch up with the existing avenue gums, I am confident they will become equally majestic trees in the future.”
Ceremonial trees being replaced today are in honour of:
· Hon J W Kirwan MLC, President Legislative Council;
· Mr C Cornish, Member of Centenary Committee;
· Hon T Walker MLA, Speaker Legislative Assembly;
· Mr H Hearty, Member of Centenary Committee;
· Mr E H Barker, Member of Centenary Committee;
· Mr R O Law, Member of Centenary Committee;
· Mr J Heath, Superintendent Kings Park;
· Mr L T Boas , Secretary Kings Park Board; and
· Mr FR Mercer, Member of Centenary Committee.
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