Parwan Gorge Heritage Listed Endangered Blue Box Guided Walk (Vic)
March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Friends of Hopetoun Park and Parwan Gorge (FOHPAPG), would like to invite you to join them on an evening nature walk to celebrate National Eucalypt Day.
Come and view our heritage listed Endangered Blue Box trees and check out our proposed planting project site (coming up in a couple of weeks).
Bring: drinking water, mozzie repellent and hiking stick if you have one.
Wear: Sturdy, enclosed footwear and long pants. We’ll be walking at a slow pace, down and up a steep embankment. (a medium grade level of fitness is required).
Please note: If you have limited mobility and not sure whether or not this event is for you, there is an option to skip the steep embankment, to walk along the top of the escarpment and view the trees from a distance, email or message us if you would like more information on the terrain etc.
We are fortunate in Hopetoun Park to have a number of these rare Werribee Blue Box trees (Eucalyptus baueriana sub species thalassina) along the river on both sides and on the escarpment slopes. This tree was only formally recognised as a distinct subspecies by the National Herbarium of Victoria in 2011. It is restricted to the Werribee River catchment around the Bacchus Marsh area, growing close to watercourses in alluvial soils and is classified as endangered in Victoria.
Between April to June 2020 FOHPAPG group members measured (height, trunk circumference, GPS location, tree features) and photographed several Werribee Blue Box.
We decided to nominate the best five single trees and a stand of trees on the Parwan side to be registered with the National Heritage Trust Australia. We recently received confirmation that three trees and the stand of trees have been accepted and registered as significant trees.
Little is known of the age or history of these large Werribee Blue Box trees, they are estimated to well exceed 100yrs of age. There is possible evidence of indigenous use, but we would require an expert assessment to be sure.
We can’t wait to showcase these magnificent trees. We will also be giving away some free saplings that have been seeded from these trees.