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The picturesque town of Dartmoor is located on the banks and floodplain of the Glenelg River between Casterton and Nelson. The river, which provides a charming setting for the town, is popular for fishing, canoeing and picnicking.
One of the most impressive features of the town is the Avenue of Honour. Initially, the Avenue of Honour featured atlantic cedars, planted in 1918 as a memorial to those who served in the First World War. But, just as age wearied the war veterans, it also wearied the tree, making them a safety risk.
The Dartmoor community banded together and recruited chainsaw artist Kevin Gilders to create a town feature. Nine trees were carved to depict service men and women in the army, navy and air force, giving a whole new look and feel to the Avenue of Honour. It is now a popular tourist stop-off, and one well worth the drive.
The collection of chainsaw-sculpted artwork has now grown, with the creation of a charming nursery rhyme tree. Featuring over 20 fairytale characters, the sculpture has been a hit with children and adults alike. There is also an assortment of carved animals watching over the village green, so stop off with your children, have a barbecue, play in the playground and see how many characters you can name.