Sunday, 16 September 2018
A spring visit to Roland's Wood
Earlier today, as it's day 1 of my 2 days off every week we got out to explore a local place called "Roland's Wood".
This is somewhere that you could liken to an English woodland with a Kiwi twist. Lots of blossoms and Magnolia flowers.
But also carpets of Bluebells covering the ground as well as various Beech trees, Oaks, Gingko, Tupelo.
Different pathways to different areas of the park made it a nice Spring outing - good to get out especially as I'm getting over a head cold.
Pink and red Rhododendrons lined one of the pathways near the top.
This Rhododendron bush was near lots of clumps of Daffodils and Jonquils.
The other half walking along one pathway further down the hill. We didn't realize though until we were starting to leave that it is actually a dog park and there were some very well behaved pups there wandering around.
Lots of orange Clivia also enjoying the woodland scene. This park was originally owned by a local man named Roland Sansom who retired in Kerikeri and bought this 30 acres of land from his parents.
It was here that he started planting Bluebells along with various trees, shrubs and bulbs in 1985.
Sadly he passed away in 2001 but the area is now owned by a trust and under the care of the Far North District Council. I'd like to see what everything looks like once Autumn comes in March/April so maybe I'll be back to visit then.
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