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Oak trees, Dorp Street and The Avenue, Stellenbosch

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Post date: 07/08/2012
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History: Dorp Street is the old wagon road to Cape Town and, just like three centuries ago, visitors still enter the town along the same road. Thus the old street rightly serves as an introduction to the Town of Oaks, for on both sides of the street one sees the beautiful, shady and gnarled old oak-trees of which the biggest old giants probably date back to 1760. The age of the others dates back to the year 1812. The increase in modern traffic which makes the widening of the streets essential, has threatened the
life of these trees, but with the cordial co-operation of the Municipality the trees in Dorp Street, between the railway line and Pastorie Street and those in the Avenue between Pastorie and Van Riebeeck Streets, have been proclaimed historical monuments. However, a new danger—leaf- blight—now threatens these ancient trees.
Proclaimed 1950
In 1968 the oak trees in the following streets were also proclaimed historical monuments: Pastorie, Church, Drostdy, Van Ryneveld, Crozier, Andringa, Bird and Van Riebeeck Streets."
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