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Let's Talk Farming
Wiffens win arboreal award
Nice to meat you:
Charles Wiffen is
pictured in 2011
delivering a Sunday
Roast Pack to Ellen
Phillips of Aranui, one of
600 people in the New
Brighton Area who
received the hearty
The North Canterbury owners of a Parnas-
sus farm admired for its trees by passing
motorists have won the South Island Fores-
ters of the Year award.
Charles and Sandi Wiffen began planting
trees at their sheep and beef farm
Inverness, straddling State Highway 1 just
north of Parnassus township, in 1994.
Established plantations of pine, macro-
carpa and douglas fir over 40 hectares now
co-exist with carefully positioned ornamen-
tal trees on the long and narrow property
running 16 kilometres from the highway to
Often circling the plantations are lusitan-
icus and cypress that will remain standing
when timber trees are harvested.
On the main road, the couple have put in
ornamental trees to break the landscape
and add colour as well as shade.
Another 30ha of native bush is protected
by QE11 covenant and the couple have
fenced from stock about 100ha in gullies for
their personal pleasure.
Wetlands receive the same careful atten-
tion at Inverness, rising from sea level at
the coastal boundary to 550 metres, and at
a smaller property south of Parnassus. On
the main farm are many dams as a source of
stock water and a habitat for birdlife.
Charles Wiffen said the trees had been
planted at the 1400ha farm as much for
providing a pleasant working landscape as
for shelter and shade for stock.
He said they had made a point of planting
oaks, poplars and cypress for variety.
In the first instance, we took out little
areas that were a nuisance for stock move-
ment and then we created laneways and put
trees in areas that were not particularly
productive or were prone to slipping,'' he
The Wiffens, who also run a Blenheim
vineyard and manage the Charles Wiffen
label, have been at Inverness for 48 years
with Charles' father first running the farm.
Elms, maples and every oak you could
think of'' now line the property.
The Wiffens will hold a field day at
Inverness in spring.
NEW SOUTH Island sheep dog cham-
pion Steve Kerr celebrated his success
at the South Island Sheepdog
Championships by getting his dog a
bitch on the way home.
Mr Kerr, of Fairlie, said he was stop-
ping near Christchurch to breed his
winning huntaway, Dodge.
Mr Kerr and Dodge took out the
straight huntaway title at the
championships, held in Blenheim.
After four days of competition, only
.25 points separated Mr Kerr and run-
ner up Kerry Kilmister, of Tinui, and
his dog Pulse.
Mr Kerr said it had been a hard week
and it was time to celebrate.
The top of the hill got a little bit tricky
but Dodge did a great job, he said.
The lay of the land changed a bit and
was hard to read.''
Mr Kerr said he had been competing
in dog trials for about 20 years and this
was his second island title.
Marlborough always put on a good
championship event, he said.
Whangamomona man Dan Murphy
won the zig-zag huntaway title with his
dog, Rebel. Rebel performed well in the
first round, but was a little fizzed'' for
the final, he said.
He got on his toes and was pulling a
bit in the second round.''
Mr Murphy secured his third island
title yesterday to accompany his three
New Zealand titles.
It was an awesome event,'' he said.
Championship secretary Kate
Forsyth said about 300 competitors took
part in the week-long event this year, in
huntaway and heading dog categories.
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