'Treehenge' to be visible from space

QUEENSLAND will soon have a sustainability project so large it will join the pyramids of Giza as one of the only manmade objects visible from the International Space Station.

Called ‘Treehenge’, the project will see thousands of massive trees lined up to form a unique design in the Condamine River Basin and lead to several other plantations of its type across the country.

Treehenge is an initiative by the not-for-profit Condamine Alliance and it will not only help revive the land and endangered animal populations in one of the nation’s major food bowls but also be a unique place of commemoration.

Condamine Alliance chief executive officer Phil McCullough said more than 40,000 trees reaching an average height of 30 metres would be planted within the first year and all Australians would be invited to be a part of this unique project by donating and dedicating a tree.

“Everyone knows Condamine for its coal seam gas fields, farming and wide open spaces, but we believe this project will definitely put it on the map as one area well and truly doing its bit for the environment,” Mr McCullough said.

“Treehenge has already received strong support from the community. It offers an opportunity for everyone who is concerned about our environment and our future to make a difference.

“Treehenge is a symbol of land restoration and a place of reverence. It will be a forest uniquely designed to celebrate life and sustainability.

“Anyone will be able to contribute to the Treehenge sustainability project and dedicate a sapling to a loved one where they can monitor its growth and progress online.

“We also encourage organisations to get involved as part of their corporate social responsibility program by sponsoring a tree or sections of the forest.”

Mr McCullough said the Condamine Treehenge would be the first of many rehabilitation sites planned for around Australia.

“The massive henge at Gladfield measures 300 metres by 250 metres and consists of close to 6,000 trees,” he said.