Story: Farming and the environment

Forest clearance

Forest clearance

The creation of farmland from forested land was a daunting and arduous process. This bush clearing, about 1900, shows the early stages of settlement, with a hut built and some forest and scrub felled. Grassland is yet to be established.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
Reference: 1/1-008469; G
Photograph by James McAllister

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How to cite this page:

Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - Early changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2021)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008