Significant tree tours of Mayday Hills
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.