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Why Tree Lovers Love Hackfalls
The Hackfalls Arboretum has one of the most significant collections of exotic trees in New Zealand. It receives regular visits from horticulturalists, arborists and botanists from around the world who volunteer their holidays to maintain the trees. It is a beautiful sight to behold and a glorious location.
It was early autumn when I first drove to Hackfalls and my first thought was literally, “I have arrived in Arborist’s heaven.” The feeling evoked when you come around the corner, and the tree-lined lake opens up in front of you, is one of pure wonder.
Hackfalls is working station and the marvellous collection of trees were planted by the previous owners Bob Berry and his wife Lady Anne Berry, while they were running the farm.
With a collection of 3000 trees, sadly the station can’t afford to maintain them all. Hackfalls Arbor Camp was born from a love of trees and a desire to help support this beautiful collection to thrive and to continue their wonderful legacy.
The Hackfalls Arbor Camp 2021 will be on the 20-21st March this year (with the 19th as set-up time). We (Rossy from Pro Climb – Tree Care and Mark from Arbor Care Gisborne) have been organising this event for the last 11 years.
What happens annually at Hackfalls?
We had 25 tree people at our first camp in November 2011. Since then, the number of participants has been quite stable at around 15-20 people every year.
The Hackfalls Arbor Camp offers the rare opportunity to share your passion and knowledge with colleagues and friends, while you help sustain this wonderful heritage asset.
Hackfalls Arbor Camp is a project for tree lovers, so if you are that person and you want to learn about trees, share your knowledge of trees, and hang out with other like-minded people – you will enjoy the tree talk over the campfire and the chance to engage and learn from a like-minded community of souls.
If you want to give a little to the Hackfalls arboretum, come to the Hackfalls Arbor Camp and volunteer some of your time, supply your equipment, donate your money or food. In exchange, we will give you nothing but the opportunity of having a great weekend with like-minded people.
What can you expert during your time at camp?
As every year, we will have the newest climbing and rigging equipment available on trial thanks to Treetools.
We have a BBQ, fridge for beers, and wood for fires. Basic camping facilities are provided as well as a social BBQ on Saturday night. The rest of the weekend is a potluck/self-catering kind of event.
SAFETY AND COVID
We ask anyone who has arrived from overseas within the last 14 days not to attend the camp. We also ask anyone who has any flu or cold-like symptoms to stay at home. If you develop any such symptoms at the camp, we will ask you and the people you travelled within the same car to leave the camp and return home.
We have also set up some simple hygiene rules for the camp that we will also discuss again with everyone on arrival.
– Please bring your own dishes and cutlery, you clean them, you dry them, and please do not share them.
– Please bring your own water bottle.
– We will organise disinfectant to clean all the frequently touched surfaces two times a day.
– If we hear of confirmed COVID-19 community transfer cases within New Zealand before the event or if the alert level changes and means that the event can no longer run, we will of course notify any attendees.
- Friday: Arrival and set up.
- Saturday: Sustaining one of New Zealand’s most wonderful heritage assets and sharing ideas with colleagues and peers.
- Sunday: Special events, more fun and packing up to go home.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Family and friends
- Food and beverages for the weekend
- Water bottle and cutlery/ dishes
- Tents and sleeping bags
- Climbing gear and chainsaws
How to get there:
Hackfalls Arboretum, 187 Berry Road, Tiniroto
Contact and Registration:
Mark Randall: 021 194 0778
Andreas (Rossy): Ross [email protected] or 021 050 4351