Big bird will fly over Warwick
IN AN Australian first a forest of native trees will be planted outside Warwick in a design that will one day be visible from space.
Our “Treehenge” will be planted at Gladfield and is the first in a series planned across the nation.
An initiative of the Condamine Alliance (CA) the Southern Downs location was chosen because of its prime position near the headwaters of the Murray-Darling system.
CA chief executive officer Phil McCullough said the treehenge concept was about celebrating life.
“Gladfield was also chosen for the first site as it is in the Condamine Basin, one of the state’s food baskets,” he said.
“But this area had suffered heavy degradation and erosion from years of intensive land use.”
Mr McCullough said the Warwick Treehenge was the first planting in an ongoing program to rehabilitate and restore life to damaged areas across Australia.
“Anything that is done here has a flow on effect to the southern states,” he said.
Yet this collection of native gums, red cedar and silky oak trees to be planted in a giant Celtic-like knot will be more than a man made forest.
“People can also dedicate a Treehenge tree, so a tree is planted in their honour or in honour of someone they love,” Mr McCullough said.
He said Treehenge was a not for profit organisation with payments going towards the rehabilitation of similar sites.
Our Treehenge will be launched this Friday with locals invited to ride in the giant Queensland Blue Kookaburra and enjoy a sausage sizzle.
- Gladfield will be home to the first plantation in a series planned across Australia.
- Our Treehenge will be launched from 7am this Friday on the Allora-Goomburra Rd.
- Details 4620 0101 or www.treehenge.com.au.