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Planted one or two trees recently? How about 10?

Show the tree-loving folk at the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park that you’ve planted 10 trees this year and you’ll be a winner.

The reward for those helping green the environment will be a free annual pass to the Sculpture Park, a gift worth $50.

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum, on Scotsman Valley Rd, is a former quarry that has been transformed into a magnificent 17.5 hectare garden and arboretum over the last 24 years.

Rehabilitation, including the planting of thousands of trees, started in 1991 to enhance the existing features – rocky outcrops, ponds, flowing water and broad vistas.

Visitors can now discover around 50 sculptures and installations within New Zealand’s biggest outdoor gallery along the 2km nature trail. Dramatic changes in light and foliage, wildlife, and vistas guarantee a breathtaking experience.

The park is open by appointment (phone 07-824-0733) and for passholders, concerts, weddings and other events.

Click here to email Dorothy and John at the park to let them know about your tree planting efforts.

Heads Up

The next major event at the Sculpture Park will be Artists in the Park, a fundraiser for Save the Children NZ.

To be held on the weekend of November 7 and 8, there will be live music, artists at work, a chance to enjoy tea or lunch in the grounds or purchase art on display. A Mad Hatters Parade will be on at 2pm.

Entry $15 for adults, $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at Save the Children shops in Hamilton East or Thames. Or by phoning Dorothy Gilson, 07-858-3964, or emailing Hamilton.branch@savethechildren.org.nz for direct payment instructions. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the day.

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