Creating a unique living memorial, the original Bingara Avenue of Honour, was established in 1952, to commemorate the sacrifice of local enlistees, who served during WW1 and WW2.
The double row of trees along Finch Street, between the RSL Club and the Central School, were Valencia oranges. But today, as the need arises, they are replaced with Navel orange trees, to better serve the community’s desire to perpetuate this time-honoured commemorative avenue.
In more recent times, a programmed plantings of over 80 trees, has extended the avenue further along Finch Street, as well as along the boundary of the town’s sports grounds, the Gwydir Oval. There are now almost 100 Navel Orange trees (Citrus × sinensis ‘Navel orange’), comprising this Avenue of Honour.
The trees and the annual harvesting of the fruit by the local school children (the orange police) happens on only one day of the year.
During the year, all Bingara residents leave the oranges untouched, especially the children, who are taught the significance of the trees.
This respect, self discipline and pride in this unique memorial has been carried on since the 1960’s, from one generation to the next. In some cases, those picking the fruit are the third or fourth generation to do so.
Bingara Orange Festival
The Bingara Orange Festival was born in 1998 in order to emphasise the importance of Bingara’s Orange trees, whilst celebrating Bingara’s cultural heritage.
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