Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A living memorial?

Thanks to my dad for the photo of a plaque at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. This Sessile Oak was planted from a seed collected at Verdun in 1917. Any other examples of living/growing memorials gratefully received.


Anonymous Brett said...

In Ballarat, Victoria there is the Avenue of Honour, about 3300 trees stretching along 22km of highway. Each one represents a man from Ballarat who enlisted in WWI (there's a plaque for each tree). It was started in 1917, and inspired over a hundred other avenues of honour around Victoria (I've been through the Ballarat one, and one in Bacchus Marsh, and probably a few others without realising it). Having grown up with these, I just assumed this was a common enough thing, but in Australia in looks like it's mainly a Victorian phenomenon, and it's not that common elsewhere (though there are similar memorials in Canada and United States). This would probably be a good place to start for Australia ... probably the Gallipoli legend and ANZAC day ceremonies have meant that more effort has been made to maintain the Australian ones.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Ta Brett - never heard of that before. Should have noted that the Memorial to British Soldiers Shot at Dawn is in the National Arboretum (sp?)

3:26 PM  

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