These trees were planted more than a century ago by prospectors panning for alluvial gold. Almost all of them (the prospectors, not the trees!) abandoned "Jubilee Creek" for the Witwatersrand when richer deposits were discovered there soon afterwards. The trees however, remained behind until someone decided that they were not indigenous and had to be "ringed" (a ring of bark and underlying cambium is removed at the base of the tree with the purpose of killing it). These ghostly monuments remain as a stark reminder of the once-thriving community at Millwood, just about 20 km inland of Knysna, on the Garden Route.