The Monterey Cypress, or macrocarpa (Cupressus macrocarpa) trees in the Avenue were originally planted in 1918 to commemorate the men from this area who had fought in the Great War.
Although some of the trees in the Avenue are still healthy and could live up to 30 or 50 years, others are severely in decline and a program of progressive replacement is being undertaken.
The first stage of the renewal plan required the felling of 13 trees, and the replanting of 21 trees to replace those already removed in the past. The remainder of the trees will be removed and replanted in two more blocks other the next ten years. This is in accordance with a recommendation made in the Conservation Management Plan developed for the Memorial Avenue by a heritage consultant, and informed by a strategy developed by an arboricultural consultant.
It is intended that through this program, the Memorial Avenue will be conserved in a spirit of perpetual remembrance for future generations.
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Memorial Avenue Conservation management plan
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Memorial Avenue tree work underway – Fact Sheet