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Newsletters & Annual Reports

Annual General Meeting Time again.

Tuesday 11th of November 2008 at 11am at the nursery; 89 Thornton Road Cambridge.

What a winter we have had, with rain, and wet Tuesdays, we thought we would never achieve all we had planned for this year in the way of planting, but it is amazing what a little fine weather can do.

We did get the planting season under way in May and early June before the weather broke, but when it did it just never seemed to stop and always on a Tuesday when our planting group had all these plans.

Things even out in the long run. The drought of the first months of the year came to an end, and June-July rainfall has been heavy. Then, it was too dry for planting. Now, we take the days as they come, and do what we can.

This wouldn’t be our happiest newsletter.

It has been a hard year! Our plantings have suffered badly from the elements. Too wet in parts of the Steelway (swampy in parts).  We put in some drainage, but not enough as we found out later last winter. We have lost a number of trees, which we are endeavouring to replace with flaxes as they are more suitable for that area.

Heavy frost and wind on the Oakland and Watkins Road planting put paid to a large number of trees and now a drought has made more curl up their toes and die. The circles still stand out in what was empty paddocks and what trees have survived will be shelter for the replacement trees we plant this year.

May the 8th.

What a great day this was; the day was lovely and sunny and we had done all the preparation ready for this major planting of 575 trees.

Cambridge East Primary School pupils all came to do a planting on the Swale in Watkins Road on Tuesday the 8th of May at 11.00 am. All 350 students plus teachers and parent helpers walked along to the Swale. After a demonstration by a Tree Trust Member, each student planted one or more trees. From the newest five-year-old student to the seniors were all spread out in groups down the length of four paddocks.

Well this newsletter is rather late to be the first one for the year. We have been considering our options and we feel it would be financially better if we are able to E- mail your newsletters out to you. In so saying this we need to collect all those e mail addresses, so please forward to above e-mail address.

We started the year with a big event. Two weeks before Christmas we were asked if we could offer some community work to 150 youths from a Christian camp. With a bit of thought and a deal of negotiating it was planned. But surprise, surprise, we were getting 240 people to work for us.


At Stephanie Blackies funeral last year I said we would change this town this coming year and we have. Her complaint was always: "What are we going to do with all these trees and shrubs in the nursery?"

"Well Stephanie most are in the ground now, all 6 and a half thousand of them planted this year".

Two thousand along the Steele Way and Poets Track, 800 on Pope Terrace, 1500 in and around the Swale (south of Saffron Estate), 10 blocks of 250 plantings each on the Oaklands green belt and 1500 on Cook Street above the Soldiers track.

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