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The track through Ann's Patch can be accessed from Albert St, across the road from the Duke St hill. It can also be reached from Gillies St,. down a track beside the fence near Wackrow's joinery. There is a sign "Walkway" showing where to go.

This walk was started by the Waipa District Council in early 2014.

The Oak Arboretum was established in 2003 in a joint effort by the Council and us. It contains several species of oak.

It was grazed by cattle for a long time. The Tree Trust had been asking for years for a path from Watkins Rd through to the High School to make life easier for the pupils as well as providing a walk for the public. It took added pressure from Sarah Ulmer and others to convince the Council to go ahead. Funding came from Sarah's efforts, not from ratepayers.

It is hoped that the oval in the middle will be large enough for cricket matches, but the ground is uneven and a lot of work will be needed.

In 2016 grazing stopped. The protective tree surrounds were taken down in a remarkably big effort involving Corrections Department teams as well as Tree Trust members. The area around each tree was sprayed and mulched, and the result is a very popular walk. The Council still takes a couple of crops of hay off it each year, so only the grass near the tracks and the trees is mown.

We took the idea of naming the species that we had come up with in the maple arboretum next door, and put in a post for each species. There are stainless steel nameplates on each post, detailing the botanical name, the common name, the countries where they are native, and the date of planting (2003). The links below take you to a site with very detailed information on each species. It includes many more species than are found in this arboretum. There are several hundred species of oak world-wide.

Acutissima    Affinis   Alba   Canariensis    Cerris    Coccinea    Ellipsoidalis   Faginea    Falcata   Ilex    Imbricaria     Macranthera    Macrocarpa    Palustris    Petraea     Pyrenaica     Robur     Rubra    Schochiana    Variabilis  

 

Oaks in Autumn

Autumn is proving to be very colourful this year 2021. These pictures were taken in the late afternoon of May 4th, in the Oak Arboretum in Cambridge, NZ. There are several different varieties of oak shown here, and there are more in the arboretum, including some evergreen species.

The Meadow Walk is on the Leamington side of the Waikato River, opposite Lola Silcock Park.

 

It is intended to be just as its name says, a walk across a meadow, surrounded by trees. Most of them are natives, but there is a fruit grove, along with several fruit trees close to the track so that their fruit may be readily picked in due season, and there will be a patch or two of English trees for autumn colour. The 50 fruit trees marking the Cambridge Lions 50th anniversary have been planted there.

The Cambridge Wetlands are just that- soggy, with free-running water in some places.

Brian Mayo and the teams have been instrumental in constructing many of the tracks shown on this site.

He is the narrator of this video and  a foundation member of the Cambridge Tree Trust. His work with the teams from the Corrections Department is outstanding. He is a first-class plantsman, especially regarding trees.

 

Dr Seddon's track is described as "Under Development".

It is not suitable for walking.

Be wise! Stay away!

We and the Waipa District Council have our eyes on this track alongside the Karapiro Stream. It starts where the stream joins the Waikato River and goes back from there for a distance which has become uncertain. A start has been made on a track here by the Waipa Disrict Council.

Heavy machinery has been used on this track in the first half of 2012.  The Tree Trust is not privy to the Council's plans for the area, so we await developments.  With Lola Silcock Park to finish, and the Meadow Walk just started, we are in no position to undertake the massive planting and track work required here.

Towards the end of 2012, Council planted 3 000 trees along the Karapiro Stream to replace willows that had been removed.

Some 2 years later, (March 2014) a lot of work has been done, but a lot remains. The track is still not suitable for casual walking.

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