|Our Environment: Issue 19 Winter 1999|
Commemorative Oaks Pose A Challenge
First the deer ate the commemorative acorns at Lord Cobhams Hagley Hall Estate in England. Then there were no acorns to gather for next years plantings to mark the 150th anniversary of Canterbury province.
Now Turning Point 2000 administrator Maureen Downes is pondering whether to make a third attempt to replace ageing Hagley Park oak trees from their English source. "1997 saw the deer beat the groundsman to the acorns," she said ruefully. "Last year a disastrous harvest meant there were no acorns. Surely we couldnt be so unlucky a third time."
Unwilling to tempt fate, Botanic Gardens Horticultural Operations Team Leader Warwick Scadden has collected 2000 acorns from some of the oldest oak trees in South Hagley Park. They have been sown in root trainer packs at the City Councils Linwood Nursery. By December 2000 the oaks should be about 30cm high and ready for planting in Hagley Park and other parks and schools during anniversary celebrations.
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