Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013 Gardeners of the Year!


Warmest congratulations to John Graham and John Horrell on winning NZ Gardener magazine 2013 Gardeners of the Year
Here is a page  from the NZ Gardener magazine, December issue (with permission) with a great photo by Keri Molloy of the two Johns standing amidst the renga renga lilies
in the dappled shade of beech trees.

This makes a lovely trio of celebrations for Roland's Wood in November / December with this win acknowledging John Graham and John Horrell's efforts and providing some wonderful prizes for Roland's Wood, along with the event coming up on Tuesday 3rd December at 6pm to unveil the plaque to Roland Sansom for his vision and generosity, and to present John Horrell with his Far North District Council Citizen of the Year Award.

Many thanks also to all the other volunteers who help to maintain Roland's Wood, and thanks to all the people who took the time to vote for our local gardening heroes :-)  All of the entries in the competition were cause for celebration, for their gardening abilities and enthusiasm, and for their generosity of spirit and philanthropy.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Roland's Wood unveiling ceremony

His Worship the Mayor, John Carter QSO, will unveil a plaque to remember the late Roland Sansom who generously gave his woodland to the community.

The Far North District Council will also recognise John Horrell for his community service and present him with the FNDC Citizen of the Year Award at the same event.

All those who knew Roland, who appreciate John Horrell's contribution and who enjoy the Woods are warmly invited to attend. 

The brief ceremony will be held on Tuesday 3rd December at 6pm.

Additional parking will be available in Heron Hill.  Follow signs to the ceremony's location.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Some photos of the early days

There is a new page on this blog, called Early days, with some of Roland's own photos, showing the bare land, the young trees and the gradual planting of the hillsides...


Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Pearse family and friends

Here are some members of the Pearse family with two young friends (who had a rather easy ride up the hill!)

When they moved to Kerikeri they were glad to discover a place to bring their dog, Rocky, where he could run freely...   

Rocky was brimful of energy, tearing up and down hills, bounding through the undergrowth, covered in mud after a quick dip in the ponds...   Wouldn't Roland have been delighted to see that?!