In the early twentieth century, the planting of street trees for town beautification was strongly advocated.1 It was thought to indicate a progressive town which would attract tourists.
The Taree community had embraced Arbor Day, an activity initiated in USA to promote tree planting and care.2 In 1914 it was reported that 60 shrubs and 40 trees had been planted in Taree Park and Macquarie Street.3
In August 1921, with momentum building for the construction of a High School opposite Taree Park, the Municipal Council undertook the planting of the Camphor Laurels in Albert Street so that “… in a few years the street will be adorned by an avenue of trees”,4 which will also “form an attraction to the high school of the future”.5
Over subsequent years various tree planting schemes were proposed encompassing all of Taree’s streets and parks.6 Unfortunately, these schemes were never realised, but the Camphor Laurels in Albert Street still provide a green and inviting streetscape.
Author: Penny Teerman
1 Northern Champion Saturday 12 October 1918 Pg 4
3 Clarence and Richmond Examiner Saturday 12 September 1914 Pg 4
4 Manning River Times Saturday 13 August 1921 Pg 5
5 Manning River Times Saturday 22 October 1921 Pg 3
6 Manning River Times Saturday 21 September 1935 Pg 1 and Northern Champion Saturday 16 June 1945 Pg 2