What is Significant?
The Loch Memorial Reserve established in 1922 including the World War 1 memorial gates constructed by J Robinson in 1932, the World War 2 memorial Oak trees and other associated plantings at Loch-Poowong Road, Loch.
Why is it Significant?
The Loch Memorial Reserve is of local historic, social and aesthetic significance to the district and township of Loch.
Historically, the WW 1 memorial gates and the WW 2 memorial oak trees are important as an expression of the community's grief and pride, and provide an evocative memorial to these conflicts. The naming of each WW 2 tree and the apparently deliberate planting layout contributes to their significance. The Lone Pine tree is also of interest. (AHC criteria - A.4 and D.2) Socially, the Reserve is important as a focus of the Loch community over many years. (AHC criterion - G.1) Aesthetically, the simple elegant design of the WW 1 memorial gates enhances the entrance to the reserve, while the mature trees, particularly the WW2 commemorative trees, contribute to the sense of amenity and enclosure. The WW 2 trees are the only known examples in the Shire that retain the original commemorative plaques in situ. (AHC criterion - E.1)