AUTUMN 2017 NEWSLETTER
Over the summer months we have continued to be busy and it has been surprising the number who have turned up each Tuesday to undertake a few hours of volunteer work. To have 27 volunteers arrive on a February hot summer’s day provided me with a challenge in terms of what jobs to allocate and what locations to concentrate on.
Weed maintenance on our various project areas has been the main challenge and with regular rainfall bursts during spring and early summer the weed growth has been alarming.
Hence weekly teams have been sent out on weeding assignment; a necessary but boring task and more selective than spraying. Neville Hollands has taken on caring for the Oak Arboretum. He has Waipa District Council approval for this task with weekly assistance from Tree Trust volunteers and he weeds, prunes and gathers up broken branches and keeps this whole area looking ship shape. Brian “Blackie” Mayo would be delighted that the Tree Trust 2003 planting of oaks there that he worked so hard for is today a very well used recreational park that looks a picture. The Oak Arboretum site for the Armistice Day sculpture which is being prepared for November next year was blessed on February 10 when 30 Le Quesnoy visitors were present. It was a cultural highlight with local iwi, French and local residents sharing a mix of languages.
Our first Tuesday of this year saw a dozen volunteers work in summer rain and dig in 22 naming posts here. John Moodie had prepared the tanalised posts and Jane had worked with WDC arborist Chris Brocklebank to correctly name each group of oaks. We thank the Cambridge Community Board for their grant to cover our costs in this naming process.
AGM 2016 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
This year we celebrated our 25th year and it has once again been an outstanding year of progress. 2016 has been a very successful year for the Cambridge Tree Trust and our membership is strong and increasing. A core of more than 20 volunteers meets each Tuesday and a record attendance of 30 in early October certainly means we have the capacity to achieve much constructive work on reserves around town. We have certainly made a difference to the Cambridge landscape this year by planting out more than 6,000 plants mostly natives. A major 2016 achievement was being awarded the annual Trust Bank Heritage and Environment award for Waipa Borough County. Rather than tackle new projects 2016 was a year of consolidation and maintenance of existing projects areas. In fact maintenance of our various projects has become a major summer task.
There were many highlights in 2016 and this lists some of them.
Winter 2016 has been a busy time for us and our regular volunteer group on Tuesday sees 20 plus turn up each week to undertake various tasks. Currently our membership is growing and new members are bringing useful skills and enthusiasm and under the eagle eye of Greg Liddy we are financially sound. After a minor health scare in December I am applying the principle of shared work load which is working very well and a cracking pace has being set by some of our new leaders which is both scary and exciting. This year we are 25 years old and when we celebrated that with a luncheon recently older members reminisced on the very early days when only 2 or 3 volunteers joined Blackie for weekly work. How times have changed and each week I need to be well organized with many potential tasks to keep every one busy. It is a pleasure to lead such a team. Even on the shortest day of the year we had 24 helpers turn up on a cold dreary day.
Despite warnings of El Nino and summer drought we have had sufficient rain this summer for last year’s plantings and our nursery plants to really thrive. We have had a busy summer with repotting many cuttings and plants grown from seed collected during 2015. The work done by both Joan germinating collected seeds, and Leslie with many trays of cuttings, has been brilliant and added greatly to our nursery stock at little cost.
Weed maintenance and spraying on our many projects areas has also kept us busy over the summer.
VOLUNTEERS AND MEMBERSHIP
Tuesday mornings 8.30am on is our regular volunteer working time and last week we had 26 very keen volunteers who faced a variety of tasks. It is a weekly challenge to organize this keen labour force as this task list shows. Weeding, potting on, bagging mulch, chain sawing tree surrounds at the oak arboretum, spraying gorse at Meadow Walk, raking wild flowers to spread seeds, weeding around oaks, obtaining WOF for the truck were all tasks which took place this week. There is always lots of laughter and good social times are had at morning tea and it is a pleasure to be part of the trust in its 26th year. Spread the word and come along and join us.
Others may wish just to be members and support our work. Our website www.treetrust.org.nz has membership details.
AGM 2015 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
and Spring 2015 newsletter
2015 has been an outstanding year for the Cambridge Tree Trust in which there were many highlights. Our core group of more than 20 volunteers meets each Tuesday. A feature of this 2015 group has been their passion, enthusiasm and the wide ranging skills they bring to Tree Trust work. They continue to make a huge difference to the Cambridge landscape as this year we have planted in excess of 8,000 plants, mostly natives. This group of active environmental enthusiasts have made our 24th year of life an exceptional one. Future planning for projects in 2016 and beyond has been a very positive feature of our work in the second half of the year and with the current suggestions on hand we will never run out of things to do.
There were many highlights in 2015 and this lists some of them.
As spring approaches we reflect on quite a harsh winter which has impacted adversely on some of our nursery plants. Four degree frosts have been a challenge for us and our more fragile plants. However we really have had a very fruitful winters planting and some 6500 plants have left our nursery and are in the ground at varied sites around Cambridge. Despite the cold we have had very pleasing attendances each Tuesday throughout the winter months and finding work for 24 to undertake has been a positive challenge for me.