Jaxon Shanks (2), Addie Cope (2) and Bayleigh Shanks (8
months) look at the tree that was planted for Bayleigh at
Trees for Babies - Celebrating Families in Roseneath
yesterday. Photo by Timothy Brown.
Some came to remember the past, others came with an eye
to the future, but all came to put down roots in honour of
About 80 people gathered on a sunny spot overlooking the
harbour in Roseneath yesterday to take part in Trees for
Babies - Celebrating Families.
It was the 11th time the event, organised by Keep Dunedin
Beautiful and the Rotary Club of Dunedin, had been held but
the first time the trees had been planted in Roseneath
Keep Dunedin Beautiful co-ordinator Darlene Thomson said the
occasion was ''all about acknowledging people''.
''We have a family from England that plant a tree for their
family. We have lots for remembering people and lots for
babies,'' she said.
For Jimmy McLauchlan and Emma-Jane Stanley, of Port Chalmers,
it was about the proverbial and literal setting down of
The couple relocated to Port Chalmers recently and wanted to
mark the occasion and the birth of their first child, Ramona,
eight weeks ago with a tree.
''We don't know where we will end up but at least we will
have this tree,'' Miss Stanley said.
Rotary Club of Dunedin president Andy Kilsby said the group
had spent about two months preparing the site for its Trees
for Babies - Celebrating Families debut.
The site ''speaks for itself'', he said.
''I'm sure it's a spot that the families that are here today
will come back to.''