Fungus takes Melbourne's lone pine

A LONE pine tree, planted with seeds taken from the infamous Gallipoli battle fields more than 80 years ago, will be destroyed in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The tree, which was planted at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate the 1915 Battle of Lone Pine, has been taken over by a rare fungal disease which is eating its branches.

The Shrine's executive team made the decision to have the main trunk felled this week in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading to surrounding symbolic trees.

Arborists have quarantined the area and will work to preserve as much of the tree as possible so it can be milled and used in the Shrine's new remembrance development.


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