CHAIRPERSON'S ANNUAL REPORT
all the bustle and fine tuning that went into organising the
conference last year it was relatively restful to get back into
our normal work programme in the Park.
It was very
gratifying to receive the many complimentary reports from
conference goers, particularly in reference to Heritage Park. It
is fair to say that everybody was delighted to see how much the
Park had matured and progressed since they had last visited
during conference 2005, at the time Heritage Park was handed
over by the NZRA.
These compliments are a just reward to
all the members who freely and regularly give their time and
energy to the maintenance of the Park. Without this input the
Park would not be in the condition it now is.
to, Clint Stewart, our lawn mowing & weed contractor who has
been instrumental in keeping the Park looking immaculate over
the last three years.
It is not just all hard work. There
has been a strong camaraderie established amongst the weeders,
pruners, dead-headers, mulchers and spreaders, planters,
Lunch and smoko times can often develop
into strong debate over various aspects of Heritage Park
management and at times even society and the world in general
have benefited from our combined wisdom.
experienced a very significant increase in visitor numbers
through the Park this past twelve months, mainly small bus trips
from well outside the district. We attribute this to the
upgrading of our website and also our new presence on Facebook.
Sue Davies and Charles Foulds are responsible for managing this
aspect of our promotion. Many thanks Sue and Charles.
recently I have noticed, on work-days, that there has been an
increase in casual visits by people from Palmerston North and
districts out for a drive or a coffee at the Cafe.
inquiring, I found it is the new tourism signs on the approaches
to Kimbolton and at the Haggerty St junction that have caught
their attention and directed them to the Park.
consequence of hosting the 2017 Conference our finances have
experienced a significant boost thanks to three generous garden
hosts who donated their fees back to Heritage Park, the generous
contribution of plants for sale at conference by Olive Bayly and
Sue Davies, the donations of special plants from Pukeiti, Bill
Robinson of Tikitere Nursery, Dennis Hughes of Blue Mountain
Nursery and Sue Davies and the contribution of home-baking for
morning teas by the King Country ladies.
A very big vote of
thanks is owed to all these generous supporters.
just been advised that our application to Eastern and Central
Trust has been successful and we are now able to complete the
new garden signage project. We look forward to shortly having a
new sign, just over the main crossing, describing the points of
interest in the lower area and a second sign up on the top lawn
describing particular collections in that area. We are moving
with the times.
This being the first newsletter of the
2018-2019 year we have some changes on the Trust Board.
After five years of faithful service Mary Manning is retiring
from the role of secretary/treasurer. Mary stepped into the
unknown taking up the role with a new chairperson of unknown
ability. We very soon formed an excellent working relationship
and I sincerely thank Mary for her dedication and meticulous
oversight of our finances. You have done a sterling job Mary.
The Trust Board made a presentation of a fine Magnolia tree to
Mary at our last meeting in March.
The role of
secretary/treasurer will be split into two positions with Alison
Short accepting the role of secretary and Charles foulds that of
Also at this time there has been a change of
trustees with John Carswell not seeking re-election and who will
be replaced by Doug Gordon from Kimbolton.
John has been a
very valuable and supportive member of the Trust Board with his
practical hands on experience and occasional cautionary comments
when we appear to be getting carried away.
My gratitude goes
to John for his time on the Trust Board and I am certain we
shall still see him here from time to time.
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