We were recently contacted by the committee organising a red gum festival in Cavendish next year. FOGGS of course have the red gum walk in the Victoria valley, and many of us have a love affair with this iconic tree.
Following a couple of very successful community meetings where the festival concept was enthusiastically explored, the township of Cavendish, a small community in Victoria’s Western District, nestled on the Wannon River in the heart of the Red Gum Country, undertook to host an inaugural celebration.
The Red Gum Festival Development Group are currently working toward a unique festival in 2018, and would be delighted to hear from any individuals, groups, clubs or organisations
who are potentially interested in participating.
The festival is but one of a number of exciting proposals within the ‘Celebrating Red Gums’ initiative. Community members have put forward some wonderfully creative ideas, including the establishment of a ‘Friends of the Red Gums’ Group.
They publish a newsletter with articles by Neil Murray, Rob Youl and our own Neil Marriott, and also have a facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CelebratingRedGums/
I enjoyed this quote of theirs from Murray Bail – Eucalyptus (1998) :
Over time the River Red Gum (E. camaldulensis) has become barnacled with legends… there’s always a bulky Red Gum here or somewhere else in the wide world, muscling into the eye, as it were: and by following the course of rivers in our particular continent they don’t merely imprint their fuzzy shape but actually worm their way greenly into the mind, giving some hope against the collective crow-croaking dryness. And if that’s not enough the massive individual squatness of these trees, ancient, stained and warty, has a grandfatherly aspect; that is, a long life of incidents, seasons, stories.