Rotary project captures Cook Park trees

TREASURE TROVE: Malcolm Campbell is capturing Cook Park's trees in a booklet. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0907jktrees1
TREASURE TROVE: Malcolm Campbell is capturing Cook Park's trees in a booklet. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0907jktrees1

COOK Park’s historic trees are about to be documented, with the help of grant funding.

Malcolm Campbell addressed Orange City Council on Tuesday night, requesting financial help for Orange Rotary Club’s booklet.

“Very few trees in Cook Park have their identity on them and the aim is to increase the tourism factor, not only for visitors but for locals,” he said.

Mr Campbell has already published booklets on the trees of Duntryleague and Wentworth golf courses in partnership with the late Denis Mullen, who he said ignited his passion for trees.

The Cook Park incarnation will be similar, with photographs accompanied by a description and a map – numbered bricks in the park will identify the trees. 

Mr Campbell said the trees dated to the 1870s and the largest, a grand redwood, was still half its potential size.

“They grow to 80 metres and live 4000 years – imagine it twice as tall and three times as wide,” he said

The council granted a donation of $4634, including $2485 cash or in-kind for 2000 books and $2149 cash for 100 engraved bricks, which Mr Campbell said would be enough to get the project started. 

He hoped to have the booklets ready at Bastick Cottage and Orange Visitor Information Centre in the next two months. 

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