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International Dendrology Society (IDS)

28 April 2016 - 1 May 2016

This year the annual gathering and AGM of the IDS New Zealand members will be held here in Gisborne from the 29th of April until the 1st of May.

This year the annual gathering and AGM of the IDS New Zealand members will be held here in Gisborne from the 29th of April until the 1st of May.  Members are invited to register for four days of activities including visits to Guthrie-Smith and Hackfalls Arboretums, Nick’s Head and Panikau Stations and winding up on Sunday the 1st of May with a tour of Eastwoodhill and lunch hosted by the Friends of Eastwoodhill.

IDS is an international society with members from all over the world and a programme of events, tours and study days.

The International Dendrology Society (IDS) was formed in 1952 after Mr Robert and Mr Georges de Belder (Belgium) discussed the idea with three other eminent horticulturists, Dr. & Mrs Gerd Krüssmann (Germany) and Mr Jacques Lombarts (Netherlands).

The aims are to promote the study and enjoyment of trees and other woody plants, to bring together dendrologists from all round the world, and to protect and conserve rare and endangered plant species worldwide. This last aim is now even more relevant with increasing industrial development and threats to plant species.

Harriet Tupper,the International Chairman from England will be attending the gathering in Gisborne this year as well as a group from Australia. Many are making the special effort to come to Gisborne as this will be a celebration of Bob Berry's 100th year. Both Bob and Anne have contributed a great deal to the IDS over many years in New Zealand and internationally.