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Greytown’s Historic Gum Tree Needs Our Support - Literally!

Cause page created in the Environment category by Millie Blackwell for St Lukes Church

$2,672 of $8,626 goal

Given by 15 generous donors in 12 weeks


Greytown’s historic giant gum tree was planted 1856 and needs important bracing work to remain safe and live a long life on Main Street.

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One of the Wairarapa's most well known and interesting trees needs our help - we are working to raise $10,626 for a bracing system that will preserve the magnificent Giant Gum for years to come.

As the first town in New Zealand to celebrate Arbor Day, trees have an extra special place in the heart of Greytown - New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Small Town.

Known to locals as the ‘St Luke’s Gum Tree’, the historic Eucalyptus Regnans on Greytown’s Main Street was planted by Samuel Oates in 1856 who carried the seedling from Wellington over the Rimutaka Ranges in a wooden wheelbarrow.

It was destined for the property of Charles Carter (the founder of nearby Carterton) but legend has it the three year old seedling was stolen from the wheelbarrow while Oates was in the bar of the Rising Sun Hotel. One of the seedlings was subsequently planted in the churchyard of St Lukes, where it remains to this date.

As one of the most significant and oldest trees in the Wairarapa and Wellington Region the tree has immense landscape and heritage value. The tree is also featured in New Zealand’s notable tree register.

The tree has two trunks at the ground level and these trunks need to be secured with static bolts to ensure the tree remains safe in its prominent location next to State Highway 2. Without this bracing the tree will eventually have to be cut down.

The tree is on St.Luke’s Church ground and we are requesting donations from businesses and the public to assist with the cost of preserving this wonderful tree. We aiming to fund raise $10,626 to cover the costs of the required tree support system.

Don’t let this 161 year old tree be cut down!

We appreciate donations of any amount.

Millie Blackwell's involvement (page creator)

Richard is the financial manager for St Lukes Church and the church will be the beneficiary of the funds raised in this campaign.

Use of funds

We aim to raise $10,626 for static bracing which will be performed by skilled arborists at Arb Innovations Limited. If we raise excess funds they will go toward a canopy reduction which is not essential right now but will help the tree in the long term.

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Latest update

$2000 from Greytown Community Board  24 March 2020

Posted by: Millie Blackwell

Our donation from Greytown Community Board came outside of the Give a Little platform so we've adjusted our target down from $10,626 to $8,626 to reflect this money raised.

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Latest donations

  • Greytown Free Range Sock Monkey Company

    Greytown Free Range Sock Monkey Company on 20 May 2020



  • Martin Grimshaw

    Martin Grimshaw on 24 Apr 2020



    • Millie Blackwell

      Hi Martin. The Greytown Gum thanks you very much for your donation :)

  • Malcolm Coleman

    Malcolm Coleman on 09 Apr 2020


    Let's pitch in and save our iconic landmark!


    • Millie Blackwell

      Thank you Malcolm! This is so wonderful. Thanks for thinking of the Giant Gum at this time :)

  • Polly

    Polly on 07 Apr 2020


    Greytown would not be Greytown without this tree!


    • Millie Blackwell

      Thank you Polly! We couldn't agree more :)

  • Erica

    Erica on 02 Apr 2020



    • Millie Blackwell

      Thank you very much Erica. It's so delightful and encouraging to see people making donations to our cause at this time.

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This page was created on 6 Mar 2020 and closes on 31 Jul 2020.
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Given by 15 generous donors in 12 weeks

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