The first pastoralists planted belts of fast-growing trees to shelter their homesteads and vegetable gardens. This 1860s sketch of the Nelson brothers’ station, in Hawke’s Bay, shows shelter belts around the house, and a line of trees in a paddock (right). The rest of the farm is devoid of trees.
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