Sunday, May 26, 2013

Celebrating autumn at Roland’s Wood

This was a piece that I wrote to go into the Bay Chronicle but it hasn't made it in there this month, so thought I'd put it up here... 

It was a long hot summer, wonderful for playing and enjoying the outdoors, not so wonderful for the farmers and people on water tanks, and though the sunny days seem to be holding on up here in the North, you only need to see the deciduous trees turning all shades of gold and red to know that we are well on our way to autumn.  

Roland’s Wood is a good place to visit to celebrate the changing season, with maples, beech, claret ash, gingko and tupelo trees all putting on a splendid display.  If you haven’t been for a while, there are new tracks to explore taking you on different routes through the Woods, and all the clearing and mulching has really tidied the place up, making it lighter and more open – new vistas and even new trees to meet.

Plenty of people and their dogs have been enjoying the Woods over the school holidays – lots of children visiting and clambering over logs, discovering fungi, tightrope walking along the edge of the ponds, and running up and down hills via this path or that…

Georgie and Ollie clambering over logs at Roland's Wood

Please feel free to contact me  jeannie.skinner@dia.govt.nz if you'd like to contribute your own writing or photos to this Roland's Wood blog – it would be great to have input from others to help tell the story of the Woods and the pleasure it brings people.

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