David Lawry OAM founded the “Avenues of Honour 1915-2015” project in 2004.
He is also responsible for co-founding TREENET (Tree and Roadway Experimental and Educational Network) in 1997 with Dr Jennifer Gardner, curator of the Waite Arboretum and was its Director until December 2012. In 2013 in his new role dedicated to Avenues of Honour, David has a special focus driving and coordinating the project which will coincide with the Centenaries of ANZAC in 2015 and Armistice days in 2018. With a Degree in Agricultural Science and a long horticultural history in the nursery and landscaping industry, David is a respected champion for the emerging science aimed at improving the establishment and retention of trees in urban settings, particularly street trees.
In 2008 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia:
“For service to arboriculture and the environment, particularly through research and support for sustainable plantings in the urban landscape, and to the community through the Avenues of Honour project.”
Glenn Williams took up the role of Director of TREENET in January 2013.
In addition to a past life as an educator in primary schools and TAFE, Glenn had been involved in natural resource management as a rural landholder and community volunteer for over 26 years.
As Natural Heritage Manager with the National Trust of South Australia Glenn was responsible for the Trust’s Register of Significant Trees. From the outset and supported by an august team of experts comprising the Significant Tree Team, Glenn easily increased his love affair with culturally significant trees. Glenn continues to support SA’s Significant Tree Team and the Australian National Trusts’ Register of Significant Trees and the work around significant tree issues and championing the conservation of the urban forest.