Heritage trees sought for Matamata Bee Fruitful Project

Matamata Bee Fruitful project, by Transition Matamata, is looking for graftings from plum, peach, apple and pear trees ...
Daniel Fyles

Matamata Bee Fruitful project, by Transition Matamata, is looking for graftings from plum, peach, apple and pear trees (file photo).

Do you have a heritage fruit tree on your property?

If so, a graft from that tree could be part of a project to grow them around the town.

This is part of the Matamata Bee Fruitful project, spearheaded by Transition Matamata.

It is looking for graftings from plum, peach, apple and pear trees, which give the best results, as well as table grape vine and feijoa which are also easy to graft.

The project would especially like grafts from heritage trees which have been very fruitful in the past.

The grafts will be collected, stored and then at the appropriate time, planted around town.

Transition Matamata member Colin Kemplen says grafts need to be collected during winter.

"Now is the time to collect scion wood, the bit that is grafted onto the rootstock.

"This needs to be collected in the dead of winter, labelled and stored."

The project has generated support from Matamata College Horticultural Department, and the Matamata community.

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If anyone has a tree and wants to be involved, please contact Ben Troughton, who will arrange for someone to collect a graft.

kaimaiviews@gmail.com or (07) 888 7111.

- Transition Matamata is a not for profit community group promoting sustainability, energy conservation and resilient local economy.

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