Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tales Behind Trees

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Tales Behind Trees

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FROM the Black Stump to the Dig Tree, the summer edition of Ruth magazine reveals Queensland's most intriguing trees.

Some were emblazoned by desperate explorers, others were used as geographic markers and one gave service as a famous ship's mooring bollard. There was even one involved in criminal activity.

These trees have earned their place in the state's history and are carefully preserved. But there may be more significant trees dotted around the state as yet unrecorded. The National Trusts of Australia have banded together to encourage communities to nominate special local trees to be formally recorded on the Register of Significant Trees. Visit www.trusttrees. org.au.

Anna Foley is a botanist who works in advocacy and conservation at The National Trust. She understands that it's the locals who know their trees best.

"Unless we have photographic or diarised evidence of a tree planting, we don't really know all the details, like how old the tree is, who planted it or why it is special. …

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