Governor-General to plant first Gallipoli Oak at Melbourne Gardens

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) will plant the first of 500 seedlings from the Gallipoli Oaks project in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne on Thursday 13 November.
This event marks the beginning of the planting phase of the Gallipoli Oaks project, a key part of the Anzac Centenary commemorations by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
The seedling to be planted by the Governor-General, a Quercus coccifera (also known as the Kermes Oak), has an incredible provenance as the descendent of the original acorns sent home by Captain William Lempriere Winter-Cooke, a Victorian soldier who served at Gallipoli during World War One.
The Gallipoli Oaks project aims to deliver a Gallipoli Oak tree to every primary school in Victoria between 2015 and 2018, creating a living memorial to the sacrifices of the Anzacs and their families during World War One.

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