Rotary Grove of Friendship Tree Planting

Last Sunday 4 March, Rotary International President Ian Riseley planted a tree in the Rotary Grove of Friendship in the Auckland Domain and as you can see, he had many assistants.  This tradition was started in May 1932, when Rotary International President Sydney Pascall visited Auckland and planted a totara near the Domain's tea kiosk, one of the chain of “trees of friendship” he planted during visits to Rotary Clubs around the world. So, began a tradition by Rotary World Presidents when visiting Auckland.  These plantings are now located in two areas of the Domain, one near the Grandstand and the other near the Band Rotunda.  The Rotary Club of Auckland has for many years been given the responsibility of organizing such plantings on behalf of District 9920.  There are 24 trees planted between the Band Rotunda and the glass house and each tree has a cast bronze plaque detailing the date of planting and in total more than 30 trees have been planted overall to date.