Photo taken from the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne's Facebook page with thanks.

Photo taken from the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne’s Facebook page with thanks.

Terrible news of tree vandalism in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens with vandals ringbarking three trees & damaging several others in an overnight rampage.  The vandalism was discovered yesterday morning.

The Separation Tree, a 400-year-old River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) was ringbarked – still recovering from the last time vandals ringbarked this tree in 2010.  The Separation Tree was planted in 1850 as a symbol of the separation of the Colony of Victoria, hence its name.

A Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) & a Brushbox planted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954 were also ringbarked.

The garden’s chief executive, Professor Tim Entwisle said, “he hoped the native trees would survive, but was particularly concerned about the Separation Tree because it was fragile after being similarly damaged in 2010.  He said the River Red gum tree, which marks where Victorian citizens gathered on 15 November 1850 to celebrate the separation of the state from New South Wales, is one of the most significant & beloved trees in the gardens.”

Most of the cactus plants in the Gardens were destroyed last month in separate act of vandalism.

You have to ask why someone or some people would get their kicks out of vandalizing trees.  I don’t understand it.

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