Story: Trees in the rural landscape

Shelter trees

Shelter trees

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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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-121-q-027
Pencil sketch by Amos Baigent

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Trees in the rural landscape - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008