The Pottinger legacy

Palmer, Harriet; Levett, Allan
February 2006
New Zealand Tree Grower;Feb2006, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p39
This article offers a look at the contribution of the late forest owner Jim Pottinger to farm forestry in New Zealand. The Pottinger farmhouse sits comfortably at the lowest point of the property, surrounded by mature gardens and a variety of semi-mature trees. When the Pottingers first arrived at the farm in 1950, the original property, a rehab block of 520 hectares, was divided into only four paddocks. Jim realized that a way to ameliorate the climate, improve his animals and keep his land from washing away, was to plant trees. Tree planting in gullies and exposed corners started in 1953 and continued annually until the 1980s when the pattern changed, according to the immaculate tree records that Jim kept throughout his farming career. Their pattern of planting began to change towards production forestry during the 1980s.


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