What is an arboretum?
What is special
Sherwood Arboretum was a pacesetter when founded on the 21 March 1925. It was well ahead of its time by its virtual exclusion of exotic (non-native) trees. Many Australian botanic gardens and arboreta had a strong focus on exotic trees in the 1920s and much later.
Sherwood Arboretum is a heritage-listed arboretum with a collection of more than 1000 specimen trees, some rare and endangered, spread across seven planting precincts, ranging from wet rainforest to open eucalypt forest.
The Arboretum’s ‘Sir Matthew Nathan Avenue’ is one of the few examples in Australia where a wide cross-section of the community came together to plant an avenue of trees to mark the opening of an arboretum or botanic gardens.
The Arboretum sits alongside Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha and City, as one of the three most significant botanic collections in Brisbane.
Unlike memorial avenues for the fallen in wars, this avenue records each person, from the State Governor, Sir Matthew Nathan and eminent scientists to pioneering families and a local storekeeper, who planted the 72 Queensland Kauri Pines Agathis robusta in 1925. The avenue provides a unique historic record just before the creation of Greater Brisbane (one Local Government body) on 1 October 1925.
The present day