Hamilton Primary School will be the first school, of over 500 Primary Schools participating in the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)’s Gallipoli Oaks Project, to plant its very special oak tree within its school ground.
It is fitting that this tree planting will be taking place in Hamilton, so close to ANZAC day this year, marking a very important and poignant 100 years since the battle of Gallipoli, said Ms Anna Foley, Senior Advocate for Environmental Heritage at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
“Captain William Lempriere Winter Cooke posted some acorns from battle ground of Gallipoli to the family farm at ‘Murndal’. The tree planted this Friday is a direct descendant of those acorns sent home from Gallipoli nearly 100 years ago,” she said.
Dr Graeme L Blackman, Chairman of the National Trust who will be attending the launch, said the planting of over 500 special Gallipoli Oaks during the Anzac Centenary will create enduring living memorials in schools around Victoria.
“This planting activity demonstrates the community’s commitment to the passing on of the Gallipoli history from generation-to-generation as well as teaching an important environmental message about caring for our significant trees,” said Mr Blackman.
Schools can still register for the Project at www.gallipolioaks.org.