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Pruning planned for Harcourt’s scar tree

Harcourt Scar Tree

Pruning on the scar tree on Harmony Way in Harcourt will soon start to improve the health of the tree and public safety.

Wednesday 15 July 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council will undertake pruning works on the scar tree in Harcourt during July to improve tree health and public safety.

Council is working in partnership with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to prune a section of decayed timber from the upper section of the tree.

The scar tree is located on Harmony Way in Harcourt, and is one of many culturally significant and protected scar trees within Australia.

Aboriginal people caused scars on trees by removing bark for various purposes, such as making canoes, containers and shields, and to build shelters. The scars, which vary in size, expose the sapwood on the trunk or branch of a tree.

“The scar tree in Harcourt is an important cultural site, providing Indigenous people today with an important link to their culture and their past,” said Stewart Campbell, Coordinator Parks and Gardens, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“It’s important we do what we can to preserve its integrity for future generations.”

“Council has sought the appropriate permissions from Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Cooperation to undertake this maintenance work, with the aim to retain the tree’s natural form and extend its longevity,” said Mr Campbell.

Mr Campbell said the works will be carried out in accordance with cultural protocols, which includes an induction on the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage and ensuring any cultural scarring on the tree is protected throughout the duration of the work. A representative from the Dja Dja Wurrung Clan will be onsite while the pruning works are underway.

It is anticipated pruning will be complete by the end of July.

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