Last November the La Gerche 100 project harvested a Californian Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) tree near the Creswick Nursery. In 2014 the tree was near the end of its’ life, and needed to be removed for safety purposes.
The tree was planted by John Johnson in 1902, and was listed as one of twelve significant softwoods of the Creswick district in a book published by Peter Fagg in 1967.
The project organised for an image of Creswick’s first forester, John La Gerche, to be carved from redwood and mounted on the stump of the original tree. The remaining timber was milled, dried and machined at TTC, then used to clad the Creswick Community Hub in the main street of town.
It is fantastic to think that a tree can have 112 years of providing shade, shelter, and being an object of beauty and then have a new life as timber products.