Rotary International President Ian Riseley on March 14, 2018 dedicated a tree at Rotary Park in the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens. He was the 28th RI President to be commemorated in the Rotary Park after Paul Harris planted the first tree in 1936. This is a Brush Box tree and still thriving. Each of the five Australian world Presidents have also commemorated a tree. Ian, with his love of fauna was delighted to unveil a plaque with his name attached to an indigenous Ficus Platyoda (native fig), commonly known as a desert fig or rock fig endemic to Central and Northern Australia. It is unusual to have such a fine national specimen so well established in the City of Melbourne. Being such a mature tree, Ian had difficulty giving it a big hug.
Rotary Park has 65 trees, half native and half European. It’s well worth a visit.