After several years of asking, the NZ Transport Agency has agreed to build a roundabout as part of the rearrangement of roads necessitated by the new expressway. There was a lot of concern about the fate of the trees in the area, and the memorial gates erected to commemorate Thomas Wells, Chairman of the Cambridge Domain Board from 1880 to 1905. A public open day was held in what is now the Good Union restaurant, and Council staff allayed suspicions. Some trees do have to go, but the gates will be cleaned and reinstalled in a better location away from the traffic. The Waipa District Council is taking the opportunity presented by the building of the roundabout, to revamp that part of Te Ko Utu Park.
Here are some photos of work in progress.
This project arose because the new Waikato Expressway cut off a large piece of land which had been used for grazing. The Waipa District Council incorporated it into the adjoining Brian Mayo Reserve, and one of our members, Jane Moodie, came up with the idea of a maple arboretum similar to the older oak arboretum nearby. The Council's Parks Dept. approved, so areas were marked out, sprayed to clear, and mulched. Jane, with Jan Todd, then set about selecting plants for stage 1.
In the winter of 2015, we planted the first section. We put rabbit protection around the saplings and staked them. They're growing well.
There is a long stretch of parkland between the road and the houses which we will develop along the same lines. We will have to be careful here, as the trees are much closer to the houses. In stage 1, we have graded the trees, with the smaller ones closest to the houses, and we have left large spaces between plantings for ease of mowing with a tractor-mounted mower.
We have to acknowledge gifts of posts from Mitre 10 and stainless steel plates for labels from Cambridge Sheet Metals. Engraving was done by a company in Te Rapa at a very favourable price.
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This little park was used for grazing sheep until September 2016, so all we did was plant a few trees there. Now the sheep have gone and Waipa District Council is opening it up for the public to use. It adjoins the Resthaven retirement village, and will be a useful adjunct to their land. Some of it has been planted in daffodils, and those the sheep left have multiplied, though they're a bit scrappy at the moment. There are two good displays though. One in inside the fence and one is outside by the road.
Other photos show the park as it is at 23.9.2016, before work starts on its development.
This railway is in the Leamington Domain, which is a large area of flat grass on the corner of Wordsworth and Scott streets. It has a 2-storey band rotunda, but its real claim to fame is the miniature railway run by the Cambridge-Rotorua Live Steamers. This video shows the opening day, 1.12.2012.
Every Sunday during Summer, from May every 1st and 3rd Sunday.
10am - 3.00pm. Weather permitting.
$2.00 per ride
Fully-enclosed shoes essential
This isn't anything to do with the Tree Trust. It's just a nice community facility that we're happy to publicise.
The idea came from two Cambridge women who made a casual comment to our Chairman, Don Willoughby, that it would be nice to have a loop track around the end of the hill where bluegums had been felled, and leading up to the level ground at the top.
This was a lot harder to do than it looked. The higher ground is very steep, and needed stairs. Water run-off is a problem too. There is a depression at the top which collects a lot of rainwater and sends it down a channel in the soft sandy hillside. It wasn't impossible, though, and provides a nice short walk with views of the lake and some of the countryside. Eventually, when the trees grow, it will be a bush walk. The red lines in the photos are our markers.
This video shows Tree Trust members working with staff of the Waipa District Council and some local primary schools, along with members of the public. The steep, sandy bank being planted has been something of an eyesore since the big gum trees were felled last year, but we just had to be patient and wait for planting season.