DIGGING IN: The Jacaranda Royal Party (from left) Rachael Mackenzie, Madeline McDonald, Stephanie Elliot, Sue Steele, Emily Causley plant a Jacaranda tree at Junction Hill.
DIGGING IN: The Jacaranda Royal Party (from left) Rachael Mackenzie, Madeline McDonald, Stephanie Elliot, Sue Steele, Emily Causley plant a Jacaranda tree at Junction Hill.

Planting ahead with Jacaranda centenary in mind

THE 80 jacaranda saplings planted in celebration of the 80th Jacaranda Festival will bloom ready for the 100th Jacaranda Festival.

Jacaranda committee member Wendy Taylor said the original jacaranda trees that have helped make Grafton famous are more than 100 years old.

"You have got to be able to replace and increase that stock," Mrs Taylor said.

Jacaranda Queen Emily Causley said it was fantastic she could participate in something that would be around for years.

"Wendy has fought to get the 80 trees planted," Miss Causley said.

"It is fantastic that council is on board to help."

Claire Smith, who was Jacaranda Queen in 1947, also attended the tree planting.



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