Heritage takes root
Orchard project may save treesAMANDA PARKINSON
New Zealand's first neighbourhood heritage orchard will be planted tomorrow by representatives of Riverton's seven founding families.
The Heritage Orchard Project – spearheaded by residents Robyn and Robert Guyton – has been given a 8093 square metre plot on Castle St to develop the food forest.
''The rule is, you can take whatever you can hold,'' Mrs Guyton said.
The trees can be traced back to Britain's 1600s and were brought over by the area's european settlers.
The Guytons started the project five years ago when they began grafting the last remaining orchards. Two years ago they took cuttings from the families' orchards, nurturing them to a stage where they are ready for planation.
Internationally, the project has attracted Britain's Royal Botanica, which has launched a research project into identifying the dying fruit trees.
''Its quite exciting,'' Mrs Guyton said.
"A number of the trees are thought to be extinct and we may have saved them.''
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