Trees: A Canopy Extraodinaire – free exhibition

Trees: A Canopy Extraordinaire exhibition celebrates, reflects and recognises the significance of trees in the local landscape over time and the essential timber industry that grew the local Dandenong community. The exhibition provides an opportunity to understand how we can sustain the tree canopy for future generations.


This exhibition recognises the cultural significance of trees to the traditional owners of this land, the Bunurong people, the impact of European settlement on trees and the emergence of the local timber industry as a commercial enterprise in the Dandenong region.


The exhibition will recognise that 2024 marks eighty years since Community Forest planting began at Greaves Reserve in Dandenong in 1944. It incorporates the early growth and work of the Natural Resources Conservation League in Springvale – the Trust’s founder, and the ongoing work by City of Greater Dandenong Parks and Garden staff to sustain the tree canopy for the future.


This free exhibition will display artwork and items from the Council’s Civic and Cultural Heritage Collection, displayed alongside local historical society collections, and items from NRCL’s archives and will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 2pm from 18 April to 19 July 2024.  It is located at Benga, Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, 66 McCrae St, Dandenong VIC 3175. 


The exhibition also forms part of the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival. Explore the program of the Australia’s biggest community driven Heritage Festival here: