Programme to unveil Pinus brutia, 2pm 25 April 2008

The bronze plaque to mark the Pinus brutia will be unveiled on Anzac Day 2008 in the Pinetum of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) President, Jaquetta Bradshaw.

Pinus brutia or Turkish Red Pine is a native of Galipoli and this good specimen, a direct descendant of the famous tree which marked the Lone Pine Battle at Gallipoli, is well-established in the Pinetum of the Christchurch Botanical Gardens.


2 pm MC Mark Bloomberg, Chair of the NZIF Local Section welcomes everybody, and explains the programme and gives a brief outline of the NZIF.

2:05 pm Jaquetta Bradshaw, ( Ket ) President of the NZIF gives a short speech about the Lone Pine. Ket will then ask Jan to speak.

2:10 pm Jan Kitson, Ket's uncle, gives a short speech about Henry Kitson who fought at Gallipoli and is the former chair of the Christchurch Domains Board (which then included the Christchurch Botanic Gardens). Jan will then ask Margot to play.

2:15 pm Margot Gray, Jan's granddaughter, plays the Last Post while Ket Bradshaw and John Groome unveil the plaque.

2:20 pm Mark thanks those gathered and asks them to look at the Pinetum and suggests that people can go to the kiosk for a cup of tea.