Legerwood is home to the amazing avenue of memorial tree carvings. Originally planted in 1918 by the families and friends of the tiny community’s fallen WW1 soldiers – one for each man, one for Gallipoli and one for the Anzacs – a lasting tribute, determined that these brave fathers, husbands, sons and sweethearts were never to be forgotten.
Time takes it’s toll and in 1999 the trees were declared a safety risk and the memorial appeared destined to be lost forever, but, in the spirit in which the trees had been planted so many years before, the tiny but determined community rallied and enlisted the talents of skilled Tasmanian chainsaw carver, Eddie Freeman, to bring the soldiers back to life in sculpture.
Legerwood now has a lasting tribute to their fallen heroes, flanked by a Weymouth Pine at either end, situated in the Main Street with gently rolling park land, picnic area and BBQs together with souvenirs and friendly volunteers in the restored Train Carriage. Take time out to stop and contemplate the stories of those represented in the carvings.
While elsewhere in Tasmania people are tucking up by the fire and going into winter hibernation, North East Tasmania comes alive to celebrate and showcase local arts and crafts annually on the June long weekend.Discover more… + MAP