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Cambridge has been known as The Town of Trees for more than a hundred years, and locals take great pride in looking after the many hundreds of trees that line its streets.

Since early settlers first planted gum trees at Carter's Flat in the 1860s, Cambridge residents have grown a wide array of exotic and interesting specimens, a tradition carried on today by the voluntary organisation, the Tree Trust.

Trees-and-isite cambridge-isiteWander around Cambridge and you'll quickly see trees you'll struggle to find anywhere else. For instance, the Souter House Garden, Victoria St, has a rare Japanese fir, planted in 1905 and believed to be the largest in the country. Visit the Albert St entrance to Te Ko Utu Lake and see Eucalyptus planted in 1885 and Kauri in 1958. In 1886, Victoria Square was planted with 120 trees, including Californian Redwood.

The changing seasons turn Cambridge's trees and their leaves into a colourful backdrop that enhances the town's beauty.

Venture to nearby parks and scenic reserves and you'll find bush and native trees. For instance, the Te Miro Scenic Reserve, east of Cambridge,has rimu, tawa, pukatea, rewarewa and, of course, miro trees.

For more information on where to find specific types of trees, pick up a guide from the Cambridge i-SITE Information Centre, next to the Town Hall in Victoria St.

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