Two inspirational sand country properties. Come and join fellow members to explore the results of many years of effort at each of these unique properties.
Bring a packed lunch to eat at the 2nd property before the tour commences
10:30am – 12pm
Jill and Joy, Te Hapua Road, Te Horo
This property covers 18ac, 10ac of which are wetland with a covenant. The QE 11 National Trust covenant means that the wetland can never be built on or drained. The land is old sand dunes with some peaty soil near the wetland area. Revegetation in the dry, sandy areas has been constant and Joy will explain the methods and plants they’ve worked with, in gullies and protected areas behind sand dunes.
They’ll talk about plants that have and haven’t worked and how they’re improving soil structure. Sheltered areas have been created for organic fruit and veges – and birdlife is well catered for.
Joy was a Tree Crops member for many years and before the idea of food forests became popular was experimenting with planting a Forest Garden.
12:15pm – 3pm
Chris and Jeanne, Rutherford Drive, Waikanae Beach
Chris and Jeanne have been living on their 1.6ha property for 9 years. They have faced the challenges of developing a property that consists largely of sand dunes with an established pond. What they have achieved to date is inspiring… but it is still “work in progress”. Our hosts will show us their achievements, talk about the challenges associated with growing tree crops in a difficult environment and tell us how they are preparing for the next growing season. We will see their ‘secret garden’, the fruit trees, natives, pond plants as well as their outside constructions, including a mini amphitheatre.
Chris and Jeanne are ex Treecroppers and this is evident in the diversity of plants and the experiments they have conducted over a number of years. They are still looking for that perfect solution to growing plants on sand!