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Mid Otago Branch - Tree Trek on the Taieri

Saturday 3 December 2022 1pm

Mid Otago are are organising a trek on the Taieri inspecting notable trees, starting at 53 Nichols Road, Momona starting at sharp 1pm.

Please note the instructions on the directions to each stop:

Monkey Puzzle Tree, P & H Wilson farm, 53 Nichols Road, Momona
Drive down Centre Road ( Highway 86 ) from Allanton, turn right just before the Momona Hall into Nichols Road, 300 metres on left side. Parking on the road side.

Oak, Elm & Lime, R Scurr, Taurima Farm, 187 Nichols Road, Momona
Continue on Nichols Road, 500 metres past Hickey Road on the left side is the Taurima sheds and homestead with the notable trees nearby. Parking on the road side.

Eucalyptus tree, P & H Wilson farm, 434 Miller Road, Maungatua
Do a U turn and travel back up Nichols Road, turn right into Hickeys Road, then turn left into McLeod Road, turn right into Miller Road, proceed up Miller Road, over the one lane bridge ( stay on the sealed road) and over the contour channel Bridge, turn right into Tree Road and park on the roadside.

Eucalyptus Regnans tree, P Amende farm, Roseburn , 130 McKendry Road, Woodside
Continue up Tree road and turn right into Maungatua Road which runs into Huntly Road, turn left into McDonald Road just before the Contour Channel Bridge then turn sharp right into Woodside Road at the Woodside settlement, turn left into Highway 87 near the West Taieri Cemetery, continue up Highway 87 and turn left into McKendry Road, the entrance to “Roseburn” is 500 metres on the right side, continue down the drive and park in the parking area near the cabin accommodation, it is a short walk down the remainder of the drive to the house and the site of the tree.

Sequoia tree, West Taieri Cemetery,
Drive back down McKendry Road and turn right into Highway 87 * CAUTION – ACCIDENT PRONE SITE * Proceed down Highway 87 onto the flat ground beside the West Taieri Cemetery and park on the left side of the road.

Oak tree, J Reid, The Downs farm, Highway 87, Outram
Continue towards Outram on Highway 87 and turn left into the “Downs” entrance Road 200 metres before Outram main Street, proceed up the drive, past the implement shed and woolshed, turn left, parking on the drive just before the homestead.

Afternoon Tea, West Taieri War Memorial Hall, 41 Holyhead Street, Outram
Continue on the drive, past the homestead and turn left onto Highway 87 then into the main Street of Outram ( Holyhead Street ), parking on the street in the vicinity of the war memorial hall and shop.

Please Note!!!!..

You are welcome to attend and join in by vehicle travel
We will be visiting 6 sites on the Taieri, commencing from 53 Nichols Road, Momona at 1pm Sharp
Note also that you need to be on time at the start to hear the history, general information and tour notes/other updates.
We cannot wait for late arrivals; but however we have clear instructions of the tour route and where to go (as above).
We aim to complete the 6 sites and back to the West Taieri War Memorial Hall at Outram at around 3.30pm-3.40pm.
If inclement weather please contact myself Murray (021 616605) or Peter Thomson (027 2546268).

Please Register yr name (s) and contact phone number so we know numbers attending for catering at afternoon tea (by e mail or Txt)..

 Murray Harris  021 616 605             Office 03 476 6251


Southland Branch Field Day - Cairnard Foresst

Tuesday 6 December 2022

Josh Cairns (from Southern Forests NZ Ltd) will host us in a visit to Cairnard Forest at Fairlight.  As the forest manager Josh will guide us through the ongoing management of the trees.

We will meet at Fairlight Railway Station on 9 Cairnard Road, just off SH6 at 11am and we will travel from there.

Bring your lunch.

Contact Graham Milligan 0274 880 870 if you require more information.


South Canterbury Field Day - Wood Chips & Redwoods

Wednesday 7 December 2022 midday

The South Canterbury branch has a planned a visit to Brad Coleman's wood chipping plant at Arundel.

We will start at 12.00 midday and participants should bring their lunch.

Mid afternoon we will move to Mount Peel Station for a discussion on Redwood management.

Access to the redwoods is close to the Mt Peel church driveway and carpark.

The afternoon will conclude with presentation , followed by drinks and BBQ for those who wish to stay.  The NZFFA  AGM will be held at the end of the event.

Please RSVP by text to Tom Ward  0278557799


Picnic in the Pinetum

Saturday 10 December 2022

The Ian McKean Pinetum is excited to announce we'll be having another Picnic in the Pinetum on December 10th - to pay homage to the volunteers who have put blood sweat and tears into keeping founding Farm Forester Ian McKean's legacy alive.

Pack a delicious picnic and spend the day exploring the Ian McKean Pinetum while listening to live music by Bullfrog Rata.

Located in Rangiwahia, northern Manawatū, the pinetum is one of the largest collections of conifer (cone-bearing) trees in the southern hemisphere. The pinetum is the life's work of sheep and beef farmer and tree enthusiast Ian McKean who began planting on his family farm in 1958.

Come see some of the world's largest, tallest, smallest and rarest trees with more than 300 species of conifers. A network of walking tracks makes for easy exploring, however some parts are steep so we'd recommend good walking shoes. On a fine day, the views stretch across hill country farmland all the way to Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Mangaweka.

The Picnic in the Pinetum is about celebrating Ian's work and the dedicated volunteers who continue his legacy.

Bring your own food and drinks and enjoy the day's activities or simply explore and get lost in this incredible pinetum.

Activities include:

  • 11am - forest bathing/meditation
  • 12pm - 2pm - live music with Bullfrog Rata
  • 2pm - tree tour with Don Tantrum 

There will be a rock painting station for children and a marshmallow toasting pit available all day.

Bring along your friends and whānau and spend the day enjoying this beautiful and unique part of northern Manawatū.

Special thanks to @manawatudc for supporting this event. 
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Contact for this event is Alexander Robertson   027 2525 393

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