Branches are invited to take part in the first annual NZTCA Photo Competition. This has been created to encourage members to take and share photos of tree crops, tree croppers and branch events. The competition also celebrates the life of the late Dick Roberts of Nelson Branch. Dick was a professional photographer and dedicated tree cropper. Funds from the Dick Robert Trust have been donated to facilitate this new event. [Read more…]
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This new trophy has been donated by the Richards family to mark the contribution of the Late John Richards to Nelson Branch. John was present at the second ever meeting when Tree Crops Nelson was formed in the 1970s.
The trophy is a brass crocodile nutcracker recumbent on a nut wood plinth. It will be awarded to a member of the Nelson Branch of the NZTCA who is deemed to be “of merit” from a local perspective. The winner is chosen by committee decision and cannot be a current member of the Nelson Branch committee. The trophy will reside with the winner for a year, before being passed on to the next recipient. A winner to hold the trophy for 2019 has been chosen and they will find out in due course.
Presentation of the inaugural John Richards Trophy will take place at the Nelson Branch end of year gathering on 15th December 2018.
Derek Craig’s talk about the Open Orchards project historic orchards trail in Southland.
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Nelson Branch held a successful slide show and supper evening on Friday 6 July at Mapua Hall–the venue for the NZTCA conference in March 2019.
Bruce Wallace gave an inspiring talk about the 70-80 varieties of trees and vines he grows on his suburban section. A lot are tropical and/or unusual, including Finger Limes (yes alive and fruiting in the South Island), tropical apricots and tropical plums.
There was a slide show by Katrina Richards about the “nearly an alphabet” of fruit and nuts that Bob and Ann Phillips grow on their property. They fit a lot into a small country property.
The Branch’s mini tree and produce sale generated lots of questions and good sales.
June Event – Restorative pruning tuition of fruit trees at Taihape