Trust opens historical site

by Anonymous Author

One of Greendale’s earliest settler’s dreams is a step closer to being realised with the opening of the TW Adams Arboretum — the first stage in a three part project spearheaded by the Greendale Community Trust.

This site was once overgrown, and almost lost until the trust took up the challenge after a successful application to the Lottery Grants Board for the entire sum they applied for. The trust had previously raised $8,000 of their own.

“The board made specific mention that they considered our project to have strong alignment with their objectives for the Lotteries Environment and Heritage Fund,” said trust chairman Ian Jefferis.

TW Adams was a keen botanist and collected many seeds from all around the world. He understood the need for shelter on the plains, and trialled many species in the 1880s to determine which grew well in the Canterbury soil and climate. 

Stage two and three of the trust’s plan for the arboretum include a walkway through the nursery block and fields to the Greendale domain, and then along to the Greendale Church where significant development of the horse paddock will include a labyrinth.

An open day and picnic will be held at the arboretum on Sunday, January 21 at noon. Mayor Sam Broughton will officially unveil the new signage, which tells the history of the site as well as illustrated information about the trees.

Ian encourages everyone to bring their picnic lunch and rug to enjoy the afternoon in a place that is now a New Zealand heritage site.