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Historic Bay Tree

 Sweet Bay Tree (Lauris nobilis)

Significance

The tree has grown from a cutting from a Bay Tree that was brought from England at the turn of the 20th century by Grannie Thorn, a relative of Margaret Lloyd. (Margaret lived in Hampton and was a keen conservationist. )

The original tree was planted near the intersection of Wilkes Rd and the New England Highway but had to be removed when the highway was upgraded some years back. A number of cuttings were taken at the time to ensure the tree lived on. This tree was planted here in 2007, and moved to its current location behind the Visitor Information Centre in Feb 2015.
8623 New England Hwy, Hampton, Qld Map

It had been nominated for the Crows Nest Shire Tree Register by Margaret Lloyd.   On her application Margaret described the tree as in good condition, about 20 ft (6 m) high with a 10 ft (3 m) diameter canopy, and a number of trunks making a 12 ft (3.5 m) circumference.  In explaining why the tree was significant she wrote, “historical and not common in the area.  Grannie Thorn brought it from England in her suitcase".

Some facts about the Bay Laurel

There is an old belief that bay laurel protects a house from the devil or from lightning.

Leaves of bay laurel are popular for use in soups and stews. 


An oil obtained from the berries was formerly a popular liniment for aches & pains & arthritis, but it had no actual medicinal value & seemed to work because of the attendant massage.

This is the laurel of Greek mythology, sacred to Apollo, & fashioned into a crown for victorious athletes & scholars, remaining down to the modern age a symbol of achievement.

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