Bland Oak receives national status

The Bland Oak tree at Carramar represents a significant part of our local heritage and is a historic symbol of our City.

The tree’s unique shape tells a story of hardship, endurance and healing – a story that many of us can relate to.

Now thanks to the efforts of Council and the residents of Carramar and Villawood, the Bland Oak has received the national recognition it deserves, being listed on the National Register of Significant Trees. Council voted on 17 April 2018 to apply to the National Trust of Australia to have the iconic tree, which grows in Oakdene Park, placed on the Register.

It’s wonderful for our community that this tree has been recognised by the National Trust. This indicates not only its close connection with our local past and people, but now its importance to our nation’s history. The tree stands as a reminder of our past and the journey our City has taken.

The Bland Oak Tree - a Live Oak - was planted around 1850 by prominent colonial identity, doctor, politician and owner of The Mark Lodge Dr William Bland. To this day, the Bland Oak still stands and is all that remains of the lavish lodge.

In 1930 during a violent storm the tree’s trunk was split due to a lightning strike and the enormous weight of wet leaves. Fortunately the knowledge and careful attention of a tree expert saved the tree by supporting the limbs with metal bands and frames.

Today, despite being propped up by iron struts, it stands 13 metres tall with a 30 metre wide canopy.

I would like to thank the residents of Carramar and Villawood, particularly Lisa Trauntner, for contacting me to ask that the tree be listed.

Bland Oak Tree

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