Stone from Wee Jasper is a focal feature of Canberra’s York Park Oak Plantation.
May 19th, 2011
The York Park Oak Plantation re-opened in Canberra on 9 May, 84 years after the planting of the first oak tree on the site.
The Hon Simon Crean MP at the re-opening
The Plantation has a long and rich history – from the first tree planted by HRH the Duke of York Prince Albert (later King George VI), to the 78 English Oaks planted in 1931, commissioned by the Commonwealth Government to provide relief work for the unemployed.
The Plantation was heritage-listed in 2004 to ensure its conservation and protection.
On behalf of the Australian Government, the National Capital Authority has since upgraded the plantation, providing new public access paths, stone walls and seating.
Natural materials were used on-site wherever possible. A standout feature of the upgraded space is the stone component, sourced from Wee Jasper in New South Wales.
The result is a peaceful, appealing natural environment for residents of the community to enjoy – and one that harks back to the rich history of the surrounding areas.
Wee Jasper Stone
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