A lush Melbourne park

Fitzroy Gardens, named after an early New South Wales governor, was on the edge of the city centre located on a generous section of land. If I’d hoped to see an abundance of Australian native trees, I would have been disappointed. There were a few pines, gum trees and Moreton Bay fig tees, but this was more of an English park. Chestnut and elm trees appeared to have been planted when the park first opened 150 years ago because their girth and height was vast.

The fairy tree, Fitzroy Gardens
The fairies tree, Fitzroy Gardens

When I crisscrossed the park I came upon the remains of a 300 year old gum tree — The Fairies Tree — its lower part covered in Australian animals.

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