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Eric Appleton, Jackie Williams, Robert Appleton
It is 40 years since our first cyclostyled list of 103 species was mailed to potential tree planters and nurserymen, with prices ranging from 1.5¢ to 10¢ per tree.
Thanks to support from those early customers, we have kept growing seedlings, transplants and in recent times, rooted cuttings as seed imports became restricted.
Robert has shown the enthusiasm to expand the nursery, purchasing land for the Mt. Heslington nursery and Pig Valley arboretum, and progressing the printed catalogues and plantings guides from 2000.
With support from my family, I have enjoyed the journey, the many seed collecting trips throughout New Zealand, South America and Japan and the hard work of all our staff over the 40 years to supply quality trees at a fair price.
It is a joy to travel through the country, recognise a name on a letterbox and see trees in the landscape which probably came from Appletons. Let’s hope the government changes its current disincentives to tree plantings.
Eric J Appleton