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Mitcham Council Welcomes the Inclusion of 'The Seven Pines' at Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park to the National Trust of South Australia's Register of Significant Trees

26 September 2012

The City of Mitcham welcomes the announcement to include ‘The Seven Pines’ at Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park onto the National Trust of South Australia’s Register of Significant Trees, which recognises the historical, cultural and environmental significance of these important trees. 

‘The Seven Pines’ were originally a group planting of seven Stone Pines or Pinus pinea - six trees were planted, equally spaced, along Brown Hill Creek in the picnic reserve with the seventh planted across the creek in the Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park. 

The National Trust of South Australia has recognised the historical, cultural, social, scientific and botanical importance of ‘The Seven Pines’ which have been included onto the Register of Significant Trees. 

Mr Michael Heath, Chairman of the National Trust of South Australia’s Significant Tree Committee said, “It is always a pleasure to discover new trees that warrant inclusion in the State Register. Their addition helps the National Trust to tell the story of South Australia’s special-merit trees that provide us with so much every day enrichment." 

"The Register is a permanent record of the role played by trees in our early history, and which contributes to our developing culture at a time when so many trees are inconsiderately removed for want of a better recognition of their value to the community, and to the state." 

"The National Trusts of Australia are in process of creating an Australian National Register of Significant Trees. When that venture is finalised these seven pines have the merit to be among the first from South Australia to be included in that national register.” 

Of the seven Stone Pines originally planted four continue to survive. These impressive trees, recognisable by their distinctive dome shaped canopies, are 121 years old and are the largest specimens in Australia. The canopies of each tree spread approximately 30 x 30 metres, and three of the trees are over 30 metres high and one has a trunk girth of nearly seven metres. 

The Stone Pines were a gift to the District Council of Mitcham in August 1891 from George Prince a successful Adelaide business man and local identity from Albert Street in the Mitcham Village who had a strong English agricultural and horticultural heritage. George offered the seven Stone Pine saplings for planting in the Brown Hill Creek Reserve to assist in the revegetation of the area due to extensive grazing and quarrying. 

City of Mitcham Mayor, Michael Picton said “’The Seven Pines’ are significantly important to our history and to the history of Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park.” 

“’The Seven Pines’ have a unique historical link between the Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park and their connection with a prominent member of the local Mitcham Village community, George Prince, who played an important role in the development of early colonial gardens, rose collections, orange groves for fruit production and vegetable growing”. 

“These trees are some of the largest of their species in the world. I am delighted that The National Trust of South Australia has recognised their valuable contribution to the unique botanical significance of Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park by including them on the Significant Tree Register” he continued. 

“This is just one of the important environmental concerns that must be considered as we continue to work towards finalising a Stormwater Management Plan for Brown Hill Creek”. 

‘The Seven Pines’ are among the most significant botanical assets of State, National and International significance located within Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park. 

Charlie Buttigieg, who prepared the formal nomination said “Their acceptance to the National Trust of South Australia’s Register of Significant Trees will give formal significance status to these living monuments.” 

“These Stone Pines need diligent arboricultural care so future generations can have an opportunity to marvel at their size and the historical, cultural, scientific and botanical heritage they represent. 

“They are undoubtedly a living monument of great historical, cultural and social significance for the City of Mitcham and the State of South Australia and they have botanical and scientific significance of a National and International level” said Mr Buttigieg. 

Final Report on The Seven Pines at Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park(5956 kb)

Details for photograph opportunity:  

Date:                                     Wednesday 3 October 2012

Time:                                      11.30 am

Location:                               Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park ‘The Seven Pines’, Picnic Reserve


Photographic/ camera opportunity:            

Mayor of the City of Mitcham Michael Picton;
Mr Michael Heath, Chairman Significant Tree Steering Committee National Trust of South Australia;
Mr Eric Heapy, Chief Executive Officer National Trust of South Australia;
Mr David Beaumont, President National Trust of South Australia; and
Charlie Buttigieg nominator of ‘The Seven Pines’;
with the living monuments ‘The Seven Pines’.

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