Friends of Roland's Wood Charitable Trust

Friends of Roland's Wood Charitable Trust

We maintain a 4ha English Style Woodland/dog park in Kerikeri and we are looking to acquire 5.4ha to create a 10ha parkland for the future.


The Friends of Roland's Wood Charitable Trust is looking to raise funds to acquire 5.4 hectares of land adjacent to the existing woodland/dog park. This will secure a 10ha parkland for the people of the Far North for generations to come. If we don't succeed it is likely the land will be developed into housing and much of what is planted on the land will be lost. This a beautiful space that will allow us to extend the woodland/dogpark area, but also give better access, parking and the opportunity to develop other community facilities such as a children's adventure playground a pagoda for weddings and functions and plant natives in a non dog area with walking tracks. We will let the community decide what they want and these are just ideas of the potential if we secure these additional 5.4ha in trust for the people.

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The Friends of Roland's Wood Charitable Trust maintains and develops Roland's Wood a 4ha an English style woodland with a Northland twist 3kms from Kerikeri where dogs can roam off lead. We are an army of volunteers who are trying to secure the land next door and what will be a 10 hectare parkland for the future generations of the Far North to enjoy and save it from being developed into housing.

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Funds are running short  22 April 2017

Posted by: Simon Upperton

Hi All to you generous supporters of The Friends of Roland's Wood Charitable Trust. If you aren't aware we acquired the Lavender's Land late last year and now we are busy with plans to develop the land into a park for the entire community to enjoy. We incurred a substantial debt of $437,000 to acquire the land and this incurs interest payable monthly. We also have to fund the resource consent to subdivide a few sections off to repay our debt. The cost of this application is around $10,000. That with interest costs we are quickly running low on funds. Any further donations would be of great assistance to get us through this initial phase. Our aim is to have all the debt paid off by the end of 2018 and also have a reasonably healthy bank balance so we can fund further development of things like the access, car park, a planting program. We also want to get a container on site to store our tools and a tractor we have been kindly donated the use of from a very generous benefactor. Other plans include bbq areas, composting toilets, an agility area for dogs, a small dog area. A native planted area with tracks down to the Wiroa stream and perhaps a visitor centre. So if you can help it would very much appreciated and also please help spread the word.

Thanks very much. Simon Upperton - Chair - FoRW CT

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