The theme of Sunday urban sketching workshop was drawing the wollemi pine in Beja’s municipal garden. I must admit when I first looked it up online l was really disappointed as it is not very impressive at first sight. But it is unique, and a living fossil.
Anyway, before we headed for the garden we had a small presentation about the history of the garden and it’s renovation in 2010 and I was amazed to learn that the plates with the trees names had been stolen. As well as the ones identifying nests groups of children had built for the birds. But the weirdest thing for me was that they had to give up having ducks and other birds because those too were stolen.
I mean, the plates, I can sort of get, they can money for the metal, but why on earth would you want to steal a peacock?!