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Another forest joins the PF Olsen FSC Group Scheme

Summerhill Forest, approximately 240 ha, is located in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty, adjacent to the Papamoa Hills Regional Park. Now owned by the second generation of the same family (the Blackley’s and Walton’s), the property is a mixture of farmland, specialty timbers, and public recreation areas (20km of MTB trails and 15km of walking tracks). The property is also home to the Summerhill A1 Academy, a local leadership program for youth.

“In 1959, David & Cloie Blackley came from a remote farm in Wairoa, looking to purchase a property they could develop close to a growing town. The views won them over and they purchased an initial 100 ha, later adding on 2 adjoining farms. They raised their 4 daughters on the farm and developed the land into what you see today. The property runs approx. 1000 sheep & 150 cattle on rolling hill country and forestry on the steeper country. Native bush and riparian areas are predominantly retired, and a variety of timber species have been established to diversify the forest estate.

The combination of views, forests and open pastureland has created a beautiful and diverse farm environment, which has attracted many visitors since the gates were opened to the public in 2004. There are extensive mountain bike trails through the forests on both sides of Reid Road and good walking access across pastureland to the neighbouring Papamoa Hills Regional Park”.

"Summerhill Charitable Trust"

In recent years the property’s management has been taken over by Gabrielle and Andrew Walton, and it’s under Gabrielle that the plantation forestry side has flourished. Cypresses, acacias, Queensland kauri, poplars, redwoods, eucalypts and Paulownia tomentosa are nestled in pockets around the property and are only harvested as they are required for specialty building projects.

Welcome to the Group Scheme!