We’ve started planning the plantings – the shelter belts around the property. We’re starting with the North boundary which will help block the north-easterly wind in summer. We’ve ordered green and purple ake ake, totara, manuka and kanuka and we’re also thinking about the other plants that we will want like the herbs for the garden etc.

We’re just doing one boundary to start with because of the cost. Leaving 1 3/4 to do. Each boundary is 200m.

On the whole we are going for native trees but around the house we’re going to want a broader range including herbs, fruit and nut trees, vegetables and dye-plants. I’ve got a couple of books about medieval plants and gardens to help with that.