Most NZ readers will know that our native kauri tree is under major threat from "kauri dieback disease." Several bush areas have been closed off from public access in an effort to get it under control and protect areas that haven't had problems just yet. The pathogen attacks the roots and is carried in soil. In Waipoua Forest up north visitors to Tane Mahuta wash their feet before entering the bush, but there is still grave concern for the giant trees, Tane included.
Charlie Smart, our local nurseryman, recently told us that people have stopped buying and planting kauris out of concern that they will die. Of course after hearing that John has adopted a contrarian view. We have been buying kauris and planting them in our extended native bush reserve. John's theory is that we may just be sufficiently remote here at Struan Farm that we can establish a protected enclave for the tree. Kauris need all the help they can get.
It's not easy carting trees and planting them on those steep hillsides. And as you can see he's staking and tying them. Twenty-five so far and counting. Now we pray the goats don't invade.