Recent honours

Val Burrell, of Te Puke, has been made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to the community and horticulture in the 2019 New Year Honours List.

As well as being active with the NZ Women’s Institute for 57, at local, regional and national levels, Val has also been involved with the National Dahlia Society for 33 years and has been northern secretary, national secretary/treasurer, and privacy officer.

She has been national treasurer since 2010 and over the years has assisted with producing the society’s magazine and various fundraising efforts. Her 40-year involvement with the Floral Art Society of New Zealand has included being regional and local treasurer.

Her husband, Peter Burrell, is a well-known breeder of dahlias, claiming he only got involved because he was driving Val to shows.

Fiona Hyland of Dunedin was recognised with the World Rose Award for services to the rose at this year’s World Rose Convention in Denmark in July.

Fiona is a long-standing member of Heritage Roses New Zealand and has an impressive record as an editor, researcher and speaker at a local, national and international level. She has a strong interest in the collection of heritage roses at the Dunedin Northern Cemetery and played a key role in Dunedin’s 2005 hosting of the International Heritage Roses Conference.

Fiona has edited booklets featuring the writings of well-known NZ Heritage Rose experts Nancy Steen and Ken Nobbs, been editor of the quarterly Heritage Roses NZ journal, and was also editor of the electronic journal for the World Federation of Rose Societies from 2006–2010.

An Award of Garden Excellence was given to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens at the same convention. The Central Rose Garden dates from 1910 and the Heritage Rose Garden from 1952 (redesigned in 1999). Read more here.

Derek and Jenny Beard from the Western Bay of Plenty Camellia Society won Grand Champion and Best Hybrid at this year’s NZ Camellia Show in August with Jamie, an Australian hybrid. Derek and Jenny won a total of 10 first places,  four seconds and one third.

Kawerau arborist Scott Forrest was last month named the nation’s best tree climber for the fifth time, at the NZ Arboriculture Association Husqvarna National Tree Climbing Championships (NTCC) in Dunedin. After his win he gave away his haul of prize gear to his fellow competitors.

Scott won the same national title in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016, and won the International Tree Climbing Championships (ITCC) in 2011, 2013 and 2014. His Dunedin win qualifies him for next year’s ITCC in the US.

2018 Pacific Rose Bowl winners at the Rogers Rose Garden in Hamilton in November: NZ Rose of the Year & Best Floribunda: Little Miss Perfect, bred by Rob Somerfield (Tauranga). Best NZ-raised Rose & Children’s Choice Award: Strawberry Blonde, bred by Rob Somerfield. Best Hybrid Tea & Most Fragrant: Hi Ho Silver, bred by Mike Athy (Gisborne). Best Climbing Rose:
Lady of Shallot, bred by David Austin (England). Best Shrub Rose: Rhapsody in Blue, bred by Frank Cowlishaw (England).

Tree climbing results

Kiwis can climb trees! The aptly named Scott Forrest of Kawerau is the new men’s world champion tree climber – at the weekend in Wisconsin regaining the title he won last year and which he also won in 2011.

Nicky Ward Allan of Eltham, who was also defending a world title from last year, was third in the women’s climb-off, while she and James Kilpatrick of Tauranga won the teams title. The 2014 women’s world champion is Josephine Hedger of the British Isles (the UK and Ireland are one “chapter”), who has previously held the title in 2008 and 2010.

See all the results here.

Kiwis climb trees!

James Kilpatrick of Tauranga is representing New Zealand this weekend (August 2 and 3) at the International Tree Climbing Championship in Wisconsin, along with Nicky Ward-Allen, of Eltham, who is defending her world title. All the competitors are members of the International Society of Arboriculture, practise tree safety and have won their national or regional titles to qualify for the international event.

The competition is made up of five separate disciplines which give competitors a cumulative score. The top tree climbers then compete in a climb-off up a challenging tree to decide final placings.

Kiwis have a good recent record in the event with Scott Forrest (his real name!) from Kawerau and Nicky winning last year and Scott and Chrissy Spence of Waikato winning both titles in 2011. Chrissy also won the championship in 2007 and 2005 with Elena O’Neill taking the title in 2006.

Interestingly, according to this 2011 story, Chrissy became interested in the sport first and then became an aborist.

Here’s a 2012 article about James when he returned from that year’s world champs.

So, along with all our other proud sporting traditions, we can add tree climbing!

And, as a by the way, Mark Roberts of Dunedin is president-elect of the ISA. Mark is  academic director for Thoughtplanters, a green industry training company providing  theory and practical training in advanced technical skills, supervision, and leadership.