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 heritage 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.
In 2019, the Steamers put in a tunnel to add interest to the ride. We gave them some plants to cover it.
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 inside the roadside fence and one is outside it, by the road.
Arbor Day 1998 marked the planting of Daffodils around the town. With support from Council and Tree Trust Volunteers a number of areas were planted out around town at this time. Hamilton Road on the main approach to Cambridge and the eastern approaches to the town, by the Karapiro Stream Bridge.
Other plantings have been made from time to time, as CTT members go around the town and find a suitable place for bulbs. There are on-going problems with mowing, but the daffodils seem to survive.
Other photos show the park as it is at 23.9.2016, before work starts on its development.
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 have developed 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.
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 isn't one of our projects. It's been driven entirely by the cyclists, who wanted a high-performance centre similar to the one Rowing NZ has had for several years at Lake Karapiro nearby. However, a lot of the plants that feature in the video came from us.
The Avantidrome is open to the public and for a modest charge ($25 an hour as at March 2018) you can hire a bike and ride the track. The out-door mountain bike graded facilities are available free. Many Cambridge people were opposed to the velodrome, thinking it would be a rough-and-ready thing and a drain on the ratepayers, but it is successful and self-supporting. The number of cyclists to be seen on Cambridge streets has noticeably increased.
What is now the park was a dumping ground for industrial waste, including blocks of concrete, steel, and truck tyres. The vegetation was a mixture of gorse, blackberry, assorted exotic trees and shrubs, all held together with convolvulus.
With the aid of Paul Garland's earth-moving machinery, the park area was cleared and planting began. The project was started in 2008 and was planned to last 5 years, though there is a need for on-going maintenance. Some Fonterra staff proved very helpful. The photos below show them hard at work.
An extension of the park joins up with work done by Cambridge Primary School on their land, and forms the Stanaway Reserve.