The Shearing Tree

Shearing Tree

Visible from Telegraph Road, the Shearing Tree is a huge Douglas Fir that stands as a sentinel over the fields of the pioneer Shearing family farm. When the area around it was originally logged, this tree was intentionally left by William Shearing to impress future generations with both the majesty of the original forest and the tenacity of the pioneers who cleared the land for agriculture using hand and horse labour aided by blasting powder. The tree Is estimated to be over 300 years old with a huge circumference and although it is slowly deteriorating from the top, remains an imposing sight reminding us of the gigantic timber that once dominated the landscape.