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May 22, 2024

Bruns reserve trees to old to be a formal planting

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Rob Watson, The Echo October 18, posed some interesting questions about the credibility of the claims about the coastal cypress pines, in the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park, being planted as a WW1 memorial. It now appears his ‘increasing scepticism over the saga’ of the pines is entirely justified.

Both the Historic Heritage Assessment Report and the Environmental Assessment Report, commissioned by Byron Shire Council and presented at the council meeting of October 26, bring into question the claims about these trees. The Historical Heritage Assessment states: ‘the Coastal Cyprus Pines within the reserve may be associated with a WW1 memorial, however, there is currently insufficient historical evidence to verify creation of a planted memorial park within the reserve.’

The Environmental Assessment Report states ‘the largest trees would be c.a. 400 years old, those in the large size class represented more broadly would be from 200 – 250 years. There is little direct evidence of the Coastal Cypress trees in the reserve belonging to a formal planting.’

Obviously these trees, given their age, could not have been planted after WW1. Already existing trees may have been designated as a memorial although that is still contentious and unclear. What is clear from both reports is that significant numbers of the original pines were cut down during the council’s tenure of the park.

Where were the howls of protest then?


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