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.
When you drive into Cambridge from the golf course end of state highway one and see that blush of pink of the cherry blossom it sends a tingle up your spine. Those trees would have been destroyed but for the generosity of a local nursery man. The same has happened many times over the years and again this year, we have been given a large number of trees, which we will grow over the summer and plant out next autumn.
This last year has been another successful year and much was achieved.
We finished the work on the river track on the Cambridge side of the river thanks in great part to the Corrections Department. The year September 2004 to September 2005 we have had 70 teams working. On some Saturdays we have had up to 3 teams. Each of these teams has required a Tree Trust volunteer to be present we have organised the work and materials. The average size of a team is 8, at 7 hours work for each team that is almost 4000 hours of work they have done for us. We are particularly thankful to them.
Well another A.G.M has come and gone without many changes to personal.
Trustees are; Ian Scott, Brian Mayo, Mike Short, and Greg Liddy.
Our Management committee stays the same with the exception of our Treasurer.
Ross Morgan has retired and Greg Liddy has taken on this roll
We thank Ross for his long service to the Tree Trust.