Sig­nif­i­cant tree tours of May­day Hills

North East Tourist News - - BEECHWORTH - By JAMIE KRON­BORG

BEECHWORTH’S ex­tra­or­di­nary May­day Hills’ for­mer lu­natic asy­lum con­tin­ues to draw den­drol­o­gists and gar­den­ers for Beechworth Treescape Group’s tours of the her­itage- listed site’s mag­nif­i­cent trees.

The Na­tional Trust last year added 62 trees or tree groups in the ex­ten­sive grounds to Vic­to­ria’s sig­nif­i­cant trees’ regis­ter.

It is the largest col­lec­tion of trust- listed trees in the state and the vol­un­teer Beechworth Treescape Group has taken the op­por­tu­nity to de­vise and pub­lish a com­pre­hen­sive brochure for vis­i­tors to guide them­selves from tree to tree on three dis­tinc­tive walks, each tak­ing in about 50 trees.

“The col­lec­tion of trees at May­day Hills is among the top five col­lec­tions of planted trees (with some rem­nant eu­ca­lypts as well) in Vic­to­ria, based on age, com­plex­ity, high num­ber of rare species, and a good suc­ces­sion plan from con­stant care over the past 150 years,” said Na­tional Trust of Aus­tralia Vic­to­rian di­vi­sion ad­vo­cacy and con­ser­va­tion se­nior man­ager Paul Roser.

It in­cludes one ma­jes­tic brit­tle gum – Eu­ca­lyp­tus man­nifera sub­species man­nifera.

It is, as the trust’s Vic­to­rian di­vi­sion de­scribes it, the only one of its kind which it has listed on its sig­nif­i­cant trees regis­ter since the in­ven­tory was started.

Beechworth Treescape Group’s self- guid­ing tree walk brochure is avail­able from Beechworth Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre or Ge­orge Ker­ferd Ho­tel at May­day Hills.

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