Will you find the region’s oldest tree?

WALKING WITH GIANTS... Local nurse Lauren Jeffers looks tiny next to this massive tree in Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford. Do you know any local trees worth celebrating? Photo: Deanne Jeffers

I recently took a long weekend in the Daylesford and Hepburn areas for my birthday. It’s always great to explore a new region, and especially since the start of the pandemic, it is something I try to do often.

We had a great time adventuring to waterfalls and lavender farms, but one of my favourite parts of the trip was the abundance of ancient, giant trees. Walking through their old-growth forests makes you believe you’re in a different country and creates tantalising microclimates that cool the area.

I want your help finding and recording stand out trees in Greater Shepparton and surrounds.

Old and tall trees are scarce in the area, and I hope that by raising awareness for our surviving trees we can celebrate and cement the importance of protecting and preserving forests.

Are you aware of a tree locally that is old, tall, or that has another feature that you find striking? Be a citizen scientist and reach out to Deanne at [email protected] to record your tree. 

WALKING WITH GIANTS… Local nurse Lauren Jeffers looks tiny next to this massive tree in Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford. Do you know any local trees worth celebrating? Photo: Deanne Jeffers