The Friends of Roland's Wood Trustees have embarked on an ambitious but important initiative to create additional reserve land adjacent to the current Roland's Wood.
If you are not familiar with the Woods (being a relative newcomer to Kerikeri I wasn't) you can read more about Roland's Woods and the Trustees proposals here.
I went down to the Woods today and I have to say I got a big surprise. I had camera in hand and snapped a few shots of this impressive community asset and I am sure that you will agree that adding additional land to this is an admirable investment in the future of Kerikeri.
Vision Kerikeri certainly thinks so and expresses it's support of this type of initiative, especially at this time where the choices appear to be; putting land aside now to for a time when Kerikeri is more densly populated or lacking forsight and simply seeing this being sold for potential future subdivision. At this point in time there does not appear to be any shortage of vacant sections for building on but we do have limited access to public land. Double the population but not the recreational areas and the liveability of the town could look very different.
I was chattting to our Chairman, Rod Brown, recently regarding the efforts of The Society for the Preservation of the Kerikeri Basin many years ago and without their efforts that valuable community asset would not be what it is today.
The Trustees have commenced a crowd funding campaign and donations can be made here.
For those not familiar with Roland's Woods, I had camera in hand today and here are few pictures of this great public space.