Getting a bit restless during lockdown? Missing the greenery of the Royal Botanic Gardens and other gardens around Melbourne? Well, if you can’t walk underneath the comforting shade of Melbourne’s trees, why don’t you reach out to one and send it at email? Melbourne has more than 70,000 trees, and each one of them has an email address. Get to the root of your feelings and express them in writing.
The City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest and Ecology Team created an interactive map that allows you to find out about any tree in the council area. This map, called Urban Forest Visual, is a tool that lets you click on any tree in the Melbourne area and provides information about its genus and age. Each tree has its own ID number and email address.
The purpose of the email was for members of the public to inform the council of any trees that needed attention, such as a tree declining in health. However, since its launch in 2013, people have used the emails to send love letters and fan mail instead.