In the media
In1954 more than 1,000 primary schoolchildren gathered in the Golden Downs Forest near Nelson to plant Douglas fir and radiata seedlings they had carefully nurtured from seeds handed out the previous year to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was a misty winter day on that first day of tree planting on June 8. Little did those children know they were beginning an annual tradition that continues to this day and hopefully will continue for many years to come.
In September this year the current owners of the trees and the land they grow on, Nelson Forests and Ngāti Toa respectively, joined together to mark the 60th anniversary of tree planting in the area now known as Coronation Forest.