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Clearing around Totaras

July, 2019. Wade came down from Christchurch to release our nine Totara (Podocarpus Totara) from Black Matipos (Pittosporum tenuifolium). This particular tree came as a tiny seedling from our old property at Woodbury and produced fruit for the first time this year showing that it was a female tree. It only had one Matipo behind it that needed cutting down, but it had been stressed being on the top of a hill after a very dry period. Bellbirds sang their appreciation. We left the felled trees lying around the Totaras so that they would eventually enrich the soil and allow helpful organisms to eventually grow. Why? Read The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.