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Nov 11 2012

Tourgroup Visiting and Planting

‘On a stunning, late-Spring afternoon on Sat. Nov. 10th., members of the Society hosted the 3rd. group of American tourists to visit the Springs, thanks to the wonderful support of their tour leader Josh Riddell.
Josh has been bringing American tourists to the Reserve for a while, but it was early this year that he conceived the idea that the tourists might enjoy planting a couple of trees in the Reserve to mark their visit, at the same time meeting and being guided by a few locals. Who better than the HSIS to make this happen ?

Josh very generously pays for the trees himself and he informs the group that if any of them wish to make a donation to the Society during their visit, it would be welcomed.
The weather was brilliant when 15 visitors plus Josh were met in the Carpark by John Rainbow, Cherry Douglas, Barry and Lyn Menzies and Sally French, plus dogs.
After a brief introduction by John, to the Reserve and it’s history, the tourists were led up through the Redwoods to the viewing platforms, before heading to the Traveller’s Trees area to plant a Kahikitea and a Putaputaweta, purchased from Treeline Nurseries, Kaharoa.

Jerry Douglas then presided over a superb afternoon tea, including some great baking by Lynn and Sally and Cherry ! They returned to the Carpark via the Ynys Fraser Walkway, sun still shining, after a very convivial 2 hours at the Reserve.

Next group due in about 3 weeks, then a break through to Feb. 2013.
John Rainbow,
President HSIS
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