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A eucalyptus tree in Tasmania has been named after Greta Thunberg

One of five giant trees in the Huon Valley, Tasmania that have been named after five global climate change advocates. Source: Forestry Watch

Environmentalists in Tasmania have named giant eucalypts after prominent conservationists, including young climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg has made worldwide headlines for her climate activism, and now conservationists in Tasmania have named a tree after her.

The tree is one of five giant eucalypts in the Huon Valley that have been given the name of a prominent figure by a state conservation group.

Other have been dubbed David Attenborough and Tim Flannery, after the Australian environmentalist and author.

Greta Thunberg has had a tree in Australia named after her.
Greta Thunberg has had a tree in Australia named after her.
Greta Thunberg

"We chose to name these trees after famous climate change advocates as these trees play an important role in fighting climate change, just like their namesakes," Dr Jennifer Sanger from Forestry Watch said, noting the eucalypts' ability to store carbon.

The trees, commonly known as mountain ash or swamp gum, measure between 5.1 and 5.8 metres in diameter and are the tallest hardwood species.

They were recorded as part of the group's citizen science project and are in an area which could be logged.

"Trees of this age have very little economic value due to their degraded quality of wood, and are generally sold as pulpwood for low returns," Dr Sanger, a plant scientist, said.

State-owned forestry business Sustainable Timber Tasmania said it undertakes operational planning to protect giant trees, as well as cultural heritage and threatened species habitat.

"Sustainable Timber Tasmania welcomes input from stakeholders to inform our detailed operational and decision-making processes," the company said in a statement.

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