WORDS: Julianna Rozek, PHOTO: Barbara Lee
Have you ever wanted to know more about the trees around the Parkville campus? We did. So we organised a tour with the people who know them best - Virginia McInlay, arborist, and Andrew Gay, grounds supervisor, in the University’s Property and Campus Services.
We started off in the Systems Gardens with a brief introduction by Andrew, and then Virgina took us on a wander. There was no way we could visit all the trees (this time) but we did hear some fascinating stories and gain an understanding of the challenges in maintaining them.
Perhaps the most amazing trees were the remnant River Red Gums around the footy field, towards the colleges. None in the group had given them much thought before, or even ventured so far. But these trees have been around for 400 years, or more. They are the only remains of what used to be on the site before white settlers and professors roamed.
Thanks to Pete for organising it, and Virginia and Andrew for sharing.
Read all about it: MUC Garden and Burnley Student Association share updates on their activities.