We have seen how recent urban developments have provided the opportunity for further walks to be developed, in particular, how two arboreta have been developed. The future walkway links in that area, including Norfolk Downs, Swaynes Road, and Saffron, have largely been determined, and the Oak Arboretum now has an intersecting pair of tracks, made in 2014.
There are other major housing developments taking shape on the northwest side of Leamington, overlooking the river, and an extension of the Poet's Track further downstream now joins the Meadow Walk to Alpers Ridge. River Gardens subdivision is now established and Cambridge Park is opposite.
And of course at some time in the future Cambridge will have to accept that a third bridge is required, which in turn will provide new challenges and new opportunities for Cambridge Tree Trust to plan and to provide further walkways. The new Waikato Expressway will also provide opportunities in the form of areas of land cut off from previous access points.
The Waipa District Council is replacing the sewer pipe that crosses the river. We have tried to ensure that when that happens, a footbridge will be built, giving a circuit along both sides of the river. Unfortunately, the cost is estimnated at some $5 000 000, mostly to provide good access. This project is gone, but not forgotten.
The Tuesday group consists of volunteers who meet at the nursery and spend about three hours (9 - 12) doing whatever needs to be done, according to the season: potting on, planting out, weeding etc., either at the nursery or, more often, out at any of the walkways or other sites which may be under development or in need of maintenance.