The nursery and shade house at 89 Thornton Road, Cambridge opened in February 2002.
Visitors are welcome. If the doors are open come on in.
The Nursery has power and water and we propagate 2-3000 trees a year.
The current premises are leased from the Waipa District Council. Prior to 2002 the nursery was in the Gaslight Theatre area but as the ground was contaminated from the old coal-gas works, we were forced to move to our new premises. Here's a photo of the building under way:
From left to right: Ian Scott, Jim Bennett, Neville Kerr, Stephanie Blackie, Brian Mayo, Robert Wilkes.
For many years, water supply was not a problem. We did put in a big water tank, but it was never properly connected and so didn't fulfil its purpose. We thought about it occasionally, but did nothing effective until the Council put in water meters in 2018. The prospect of being billed for our irrigation water focused our minds intensely. Even so, we had to make several attempts made to get the system working. We found that the control valves had deteriorated over the 20 years or so that they had been in place. We bought new ones, re-arranged the piping and now the irrigation system works as it should, and we have still not been billed for water. The plentiful supply of rain this Spring has kept the tank full.
Sometimes even we can't go outside. This is what we did on 1st. September 2015 as the rain poured down outside. It's a very short video- only a minute and a half.