A bunch of bricks A Middle Districts field day

Bulloch, Bruce
August 2005
New Zealand Tree Grower;Aug2005, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p36
This article highlights the branch field day on Bill and Yvonne Davidson's shelter day on the elevated terrace country beyond Ashhurst, New Zealand. To start the visit, Bill related stories about the early days on the 4711-hectare property which included a haunted house since demolished, and poplars planted in 1974 but annihilated by livestock following the failure of electric fencing. Eucalyptus leucoxylon planted near present house are excellent for attracting birds. There were also some remnants of native bush. The first stop for the field day party was across Ulysses Road on the newer section of the property, purchased about six years ago. Pines were been planted in a gully two years ago, with kahikatea in the wet spots. Nearby toa poplars were planted for shade. The third stop was a hillside dam which had been planted five years ago. Species were grouped and included bamboos, banksias, acacias, the Norfolk Island hibiscus, Lagunaria patersonii, Eucalyptus scoparia endangered in its natural habitat, hoheria, Cupressus arizonica and Casuarina stricta.


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