New Zealand’s oldest radiata pine
The first recorded planting of a radiata pine in New Zealand took place in Canterbury. A radiata pine tree was planted at Mt Peel Station in South Canterbury in 1859.
Before human settlement the Canterbury Plains were covered in trees
Riccarton Bush is all that is left of an ancient podocarp forest which once covered much bigger area.
It is probably the oldest protected natural area in the country. It reminds us what the Canterbury Plains would have looked like before human settlement.
Riccarton Bush and house are right in Christchurch and you can visit them and take a look at these ancient native trees.
Canterbury University has New Zealand's first and only school of forestry
Canterbury University is home to the only school of forestry in New Zealand offering a degree in either Forestry Science or Forest Engineering.
The School of Forestry first opened in 1924 but closed in 1934. It opened again in 1973 and provides great opportunities for students looking for a career in forestry.
Find out more about the School of Forestry here.
This tree in this photo was planted in 1859. The photo is from Te Ara – Encyclopaedia of New Zealand and was taken by Jock Phillips. It is licensed under a
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