Thursday, December 20, 2012

No longer tree-less plain

In the early stages of the City, Henry Smith in humorous manner pointed out to me six small pine trees he had planted an in reply to my query suggested we would need many to eradicate the name of “tree-less plain”. This was put to management and it was agreed a section should be formed. The Trust was most fortunate to obtain the services of John Dwight, who was second in charge at the Botanical Gardens. He formed a most successful section, which included a nursery for trees and shrubs. Local nurseries could not provide the number of plants needed. The nursery propagated approx. 20 to 30 thousand trees or shrubs per year. He wrote a book giving all details of the plants and these were given to all people occupying Trust houses, they made their choice and 6 plants were delivered to each house. As to be expected, trees were also provided for streets, reserves etc. The first nursery was at Elizabeth then at Marden as the demand increased to other Trust areas.
Ted Bowden Oral history interview 1996

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