TWO Leongatha trees are among nine trees which have been shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Tree of the Year award.
The Chestnut Leaved Oak at Mossvale Park and the lemon-scented gum on the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and Smith Street were announced as finalists for the coveted title by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
The Mossvale Park Oak is the largest example of several Chestnut Leaved Oak trees located within the former nursery site, established by Francis Moss in 1853.
This oak is 34m tall and is of state significance as an outstanding example of the species, its outstanding size, and contribution to a historic park.
The lemon-scented gum is a magnificent example of its species, with a height of 23 metres and canopy spread of 24 metres.
It has excellent scaffold branch structure and has not been subject to excessive pruning. It is an impressive landmark tree, and is of state significance for size, contribution to landscape, and as an outstanding example of the species.
View the shortlist online. To vote, go to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Facebook page.
Voting closes on Sunday, May 10. The winner will be announced at the end of May.
The Victorian Tree of the Year contest aims to raise awareness of the conservation of the state’s natural heritage, and the benefits trees provide to our culture and way of life.
As Victoria begins to recover from the devastating impact of the summer bushfires and learns to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s competition holds special significance in celebration of nature’s giants that adorn local communities today.
2020 marks the first year in which all nine shortlisted trees are based in regional Victoria.
The nominees vying for the desirable 2020 Victorian Tree of the Year title have been selected for a wide range of reasons from having an impressive canopy or unique history, to being the biggest or oldest of its kind in Victoria.
The shortlist also features several trees from bushfire-affected regions, including the Spotted Gums in Buchan South. These are the only known natural occurrence of the species in Victoria, and despite being badly burnt in the summer bushfires, are already showing encouraging signs of regeneration.