Well-worn path to an­cient river red gum

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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