The Mighty Manna.

As well as the new trees in Bellbird Corner Reserve there are some fine old trees, one of which is a Manna Gum, Eucalyptus viminalis, growing beside the old road, and what a survivor it is. The first photo shows it in April 2005 with the upper story quite dead, but otherwise still very healthy.

Three years later, in April 2008, possibly in response to wind, most of the top story and part of the canopy came to earth.

This mighty old tree merely shrugged this calamity off and got on with living and growing. Sixteen years later, here is the trunk showing some of that growth.

Here is the trunk from the other side, measuring 7.5 metres circumference at chest height.

And here’s the tree standing proudly today, measuring twenty six metres tall.