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Guildford’s Majestic River Red Gum Crowned 2023 Victorian Tree of the Year

In a prestigious nod to natural beauty and historical significance, a towering River Red Gum tree, affectionately known as “The Big Tree,” has claimed the title of 2023 Victorian Tree of the Year. The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) bestowed this honour upon the ancient Eucalyptus camaldulensis, which has graced the Midland Highway near Guildford for more than five centuries.

As one of the largest trees in Victoria, this majestic River Red Gum stands proudly at an astounding height of 32 meters. Its sprawling branches and weathered bark tell the tale of centuries of history, making it a revered symbol of the region’s natural heritage.

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Guildford residents, environmental enthusiasts, and tree admirers alike have long regarded “The Big Tree” as a symbol of resilience and a testament to the town’s enduring history. Its age, estimated at more than 530 years, adds a touch of awe to its already impressive stature.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has played a pivotal role in advocating for the protection of such significant trees throughout the state. Since 1982, they have actively classified and documented over 1,400 trees across Victoria on the National Trust Significant Tree Register.

While “The Big Tree” claimed the title of 2023 Victorian Tree of the Year, the competition was fierce, and the Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) in Altona secured the runner-up position. This annual award serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating these natural wonders, connecting communities to their past and inspiring a greener future for all.

If you, like us, want to support heritage efforts in Australia, please consider supporting the National Trust here.


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