Totara, oak, pinus radiata, manuka, eucalyptus and wetlands all featured in a recent field day organised by the Marlborough Landscape Group to encourage landowners to plant more trees.
Sixty people were hosted by David and Sue Dillon at The Throne, their farm in the Waihopai Valley. ‘Trees for profit and pleasure’ was the theme of the day, with Council staff and other guest speakers discussing the benefits of trees, including shade and shelter, carbon credits, biodiversity and providing a cash crop.
David Dillon, who is Federated Farmers’ representative on the Marlborough Landscape Group, said the plantings at The Throne are inspirational for their scale and variety. “Every year I put in a plantation. It’s like doing the shearing,” he said.
Co-chair Councillor Jamie Arbuckle applauded The Throne as a great example of the benefit of planting trees for farm income as well as value to the landscape.
Marlborough Landscape Group works with Council and the community to protect and enhance the region’s environment. Members include representatives from iwi, local businesses, forestry, farming, winegrowing and environmental groups.