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Improvements to Harcourt’s Avenue of Honour on the way

Harcourt's Avenue of Honour.

Mount Alexander Shire Council will undertake works next month to improve the health, condition and longevity of trees along Harcourt’s historically significant Avenue of Honour.

Friday 28 May 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council will undertake works next month to improve the health, condition and longevity of trees along Harcourt’s historically significant Avenue of Honour.

Tree works are due to start in June, weather permitting, and will include pruning, soil aeration, mulching and protection.
“The Avenue of Honour is a significant Australian War Memorial, as well a beautiful feature of Harcourt,” said Tony Cordy, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“As a local resident, I’ve noticed the slow decline of trees in the Avenue, so it’s exciting that through these works we’ll be able to improve their general health and condition,” said Mayor Cordy.

The history of Harcourt’s Avenue of Honour begins in 1919, when the community gathered at a public meeting and decided to plant 26 Cedar trees to honour locals who had enlisted in WWI. As well as commemorating serving locals, the community also wanted to acknowledge those who had stayed home and maintained the apple orchards of serving locals.

In 2019, Council undertook a tree assessment analysis at the site which identified the need to address the issue of soil compaction due to car parking.

A program of works to ensure the long-term health of the Avenue of Honour has subsequently been developed, which will include the introduction of bollards to clearly define car parking areas.

The maintenance program will also include the removal and replacement of one tree that is at the end of its life. Replacement tree planting will occur in 2022.

“Council is committed to maintaining the existing trees along Harcourt’s Avenue of Honour, and replacing those that need to,” said Mayor Cordy.

“Following Council’s improvement works, we hope that the Avenue of Honour will continue to remain a significant site to those who fought in WWI and WWII – a place that is more than merely trees, but a site that symbolises honour and sacrifice.”

Council is undertaking the works following a $25,000 grant from the Victorian Government. The project is supported by the RSL Castlemaine Sub-Branch.



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