Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
For the third time in two years vandals have severly damaged trees and plants in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The first episode in 2010 involved the Separation tree which was ringbarked about two feet above ground level. This is an historical tree and the staff at the Botanic Gardens have preserved the tree with a series of measures to ensure that it survives. In the second episode they destroyed many of the large cacti close to the vulcano and it is inconceivable that vandals have yet again ringbarked the Separation Tree.
At the same time they have attacked a number of other trees of significance in the gardens. This was in fact the third bout of vandalism since vandals hacked down a large number of cacti in the garden close to the volcano. The gardens are one of the most peaceful places in the centre of Melbourne and it is beyond belief that anyone would want to vandalise them.
We frequently take our dog for a walk in the gardens and were there just a couple of days ago. Armed with my camera and tripod I decided to take a small number of photos. They do not do justice to the beauty of the gardens but they do serve as a reminder for me.