189 days ago

The Friends of Roland’s Woods Charitable Trust

Kirsty from Kerikeri District

We are a Charitable Trust whose primary role as stated in our Trust Deed is:
“The provision and maintenance of a wooded public park for recreational use, enjoyment and benefit of the public”.

Roland’s Wood was originally ten hectare piece of “English beech woodland”, with a Northland twist, on Inlet Road, Kerikeri. It was created by Roland Sansom and on his passing the Woods was split in half with 4.5ha generously bequeathed to the people – and dogs – of Kerikeri and 5.4ha to his sister Lavender. On Lavender's passing, The Friends of Roland's Wood Charitable Trust raised and borrowed money to acquire back the 5.4ha to expand on Roland's vision for the land and secure the land for the community for generations to come. The Trust is on the verge of repaying all debt for the $500,000 land acquisition and is now embarking on development program to create a 9ha woodland and dog park for the community to enjoy. The development will include a major weed eradication program and planting of around 10,000 trees, track building and providing infrastructure to maintain the Woods going forward.

Much of the hard work being done is by volunteers (planting, clearing, weed control) and we are very grateful for the generous support given us by local businesses.

We have many projects planned which are ongoing, however we are about to embark on the first stage of planting for Lavender’s Land (adjoining Roland’s Woods) and the Trust would welcome funding via grants, sponsorship and donations to be able to undertake the first stage of planting.

Few small towns have such a beautiful, tranquil, peaceful place for walking, resting, contemplation, conversation and enjoyment. Roland’s Woods is a treasured place which provides a safe and healthy environment for all citizens, and a haven for those with dogs who are encouraged to roam happily at will.

We thank you for the opportunity to share in our vision of what this incredible parkland can give to the community for generations to come.

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I wish you good karma and I will pay your kindness forward.
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