At the Nursery in Winter
Winter is our busiest time of year, with tree lifting, despatch, bagging/potting, seed sowing, rootstock harvest, benchgrafting, field grafting and planting. Phew!
We have over 100 staff at the moment, who are all being kept super busy with the various tasks in the nursery. The mix of people is eclectic, with a range of nationalities including Tongan (through the RSE Scheme), Czech, German, Welsh, Canadian, Estonian, British, American, French, Nepalese, Belgian, Australian, Japanese, Venezuelan, Spanish and of course our Kiwis!
Here are some photos of the different tasks:
Rootstocks harvested, to be graded then planted or grafted:
Ornamental trees gradually dropping their leaves ready for lifting:
Tree lifting process (mechanical tree lifting, grading, bundling):
Potted dwarf fruit trees ready to go to garden centres:
Apple trees for orchards heading to the Hawkes Bay: