The Bright Memorial Arboretum is situated in Mountbatten Avenue, Bright. This area, originally
a Forests Commission Victoria Pine Nursery, was converted into a Seed Garden in 1973 with the aim of supplying seed for the
Forests Commission Victoria nurseries at Macedon and Creswick.
A wide variety of trees were planted, not all were successful. A helicopter carrying out a fuel-reduction
burning operation crashed near Wandiligong on 19 April 1978.
Two Forest Officers, Peter Collier & Stan Gillett & the pilot, John Byrnes, lost their lives. It was
decided to develop the former Seed Garden into a Memorial Arboretum in memory of those killed.
The Memorial Arboretum was officially opened on 14 December 1984. Shortly afterwards the Forests Commission
Victoria was reorganised and, with changing personnel, the Memorial Arboretum only received minimal maintenance.