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The Trees of Greytown, New Zealand

In the Greytown area, Totara, Kahikatea, Matai, Hinau etc grew well on the old river silt beds, with dry Totara forest on the boulder areas. Most of these forest areas were either utilised for building timber or burnt over following the Small Farm Settlement Scheme of 1854. Some pioneers had bought acorns with them from England and the first oak trees were planted in 1860.

The first Arbor Day in New Zealand was held in Greytown in 1890. This stimulated further plantings in the 1890's. After World War I, trees were planted in the Greytown Soldiers Memorial Park in memory of those who died. Trees were also planted in the hospital grounds in the 1920's.

In 1935 the Greytown Beautifying Society was formed.
In 1936 the Society organised the planting of American Red Oaks to form an avenue on Hospital Drive. From the early 1960's the Society helped to save historic trees from destruction and were prominent in helping to keep Arbor Day alive.

In 1988 the Greytown Borough Council gazetted nearly 60 trees from the early plantings to be protected as a schedule in the District Plan. Later, the South Wairarapa District Council became the responsible authority. 1990 was the centenary of the first Arbor Day. About this time a volunteer group was formed to protect the remnant of indigenous forest known as "O'Connor's Bush". They are known as "Friends of the Park". In 2006 O’Connors Bush was gazetted as a Historic Reserve under the 1977 Reserves Act. Since 2007 the Greytown Community Board Tree Advisory Committee has been set up to help oversee all matters pertaining to Greytown's historic trees.

Please also visit Greytown at:

Greytown New Zealand on Wikipedia

Historic Greytown on New Zealand 100% Pure

 

 


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