Indigenous field day

February 2006
New Zealand Tree Grower;Feb2006, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p29
This article considers an optional indigenous field day at the Beechwood property of Alan and Jane Totty in Ashburton, New Zealand. Beechwood was part of the Alford Forest, a beech forest of 16,000 hectares on the lower slopes of Mount Alford, Mount Winterslow and Mount Somers that spilled out onto the flat land as far as Highway 72. Timber harvesting on the farm began in the 1870s and continued until about 1920. Previous owners of Beechwood took a benevolent attitude towards the remaining trees, so that by the time the Tottys purchased their farm in 1974, scattered trees were still growing in most paddocks and small areas of regenerating bush remained that showed potential to become beech forest.


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