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Two of Tasmania’s most loved parks, Freycinet and Mount Field, were first reserved on 29 August 1916 and this milestone is being celebrated during the year with a variety of events.

The Tasmanian community is invited to join with the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) to celebrate the centenary of parks in Tasmania at the Mount Field Fagus Festival on 23 and 24 April 2016.

This significant milestone presents an opportunity for the community to acknowledge its strong connection to these two parks, and the contribution that parks and reserves make to the Tasmanian community and way of life.

The event is also celebrating a popular seasonal highlight at Mount Field, the turning of the fagus. The fagus (Nothofagus gunnii or southern beech) is Tasmania’s only deciduous native tree that turns a spectacular range of autumn colours and is typically at its peak around Anzac Day.

The centenary event features free park entry and entertainment during the weekend, with a packed program that includes live music, food and beverage from Waterfalls Café and mobile vans, Aboriginal ochre painting, twining and dancing workshops, wood chopping demonstrations, children’s activities, historical displays and photography workshops. Heart 107.3 identities Dave and Kylie will broadcast live from the festival from 9am to 12 noon.

For those keen to see the fagus, there will be a free shuttle bus service departing hourly from the visitor centre to the prime viewing location at Lake Fenton. There will also be guided walks to Russell Falls and Beatties Tarn.

For the full Mount Field Fagus Festival program and more information on the Centenary and other events, visit the special Centenary website at www.parks.tas.gov.au/centenary