Well-worn path to ancient river red gum
Wimmera Landcare’s Trees of the Wimmera winning entry for May comes from Bec Fletcher with a photograph of what is commonly known as the ‘bike jump’ tree near Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School.
The tree rated as the Wimmera’s ‘best climbing tree’ from entries in an ancient river red gum, Eucalyptus camaldulensis category.
With each new school year and each new intake of foundation students brings a new group of fans of this terrific twisted old tree.
The well-worn tracks across the base of the tree have formed as students on their bikes each morning take on the jump and add a thrill to start their school day.
For many youngsters it is a highlight of their ride to school.
After school finishes people often see students hanging in and around the tree’s branches for a final play before heading home.
The tree is a reminder of the school’s close proximity to the Wimmera River, where many other river red gums grow and provide play spaces for fish, birds and lizards in what remains of an old flood plain.
The theme for the June photographic competition is autumn leaves and does not necessarily need to be an indigenous tree. Cut off for entries is on June 23.
People can send photographs and stories to the Trees of the Wimmera Facebook page or email Bronwyn Bant at ad[email protected] platypus.org.au; Lisa Oliver at Lisa.oliver[email protected]; Ray Zippel at zip[email protected] wcma.vic.gov.au; or deliver or post entries to Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, 24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400.
PLAY MAKER: The twisted river red gum near Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School that provides a great play area for children.