June – Arch Gola installed in the courtyard.
July – With the Les McGreevy money we started the link road as per masterplan.
July – Martin Weaver departed as Curator.
July – Thrive Spaces and Places appointed as interim managers.
March – Marion Nicholas departs as Manager/office coordinator after 7 years.
May – Powhiri & Presentation with Arboretum Representatives and Government departments on the 100-year Master plan.
July – Māori Carvers spend the week at Eastwoodhill as part of the Tairawhiti Arts Festival & Matariki Celebrations.
100 years anniversary of Eastwoodhill – centennial celebrations throughout the year.
Danny Fraser was appointed as the fourth Curator of Eastwoodhill.
Ben Lyte was appointed as the fifth Curator of Eastwoodhill.
New children’s playground was built at Eastwoodhill.
Xanthe White was appointed as Garden Advisor for the ongoing planning of the Homestead Garden.
Dan Haliday was appointed as the sixth Curator of Eastwoodhill.
New Tree Cathedral planted in Little Flat.
A new ramp was built for the children’s playground.
New Rotary Driveway was created.
A new greenhouse/propagation shed was built, funded by Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Trust.
Introduction of new style Lutyens Seats in Homestead Garden.
Hi-vis binoculars installed at Hi Point Lookout – funded by Tennyson Charitable Trust.
December – Dan Haliday left as Curator.
March – Sundial updated and replaced in original position.
August – Bob Berry creator of Hackfalls Arboretum dies at 102.
November – New car park gabion baskets filled with different timbers completed and new plantings on the bank.
May – Martin Weaver appointed as seventh Curator of Eastwoodhill
August – Eastwoodhill bus trip to Gibbs Sculpture Farm
September -MOU signed between Eastwoodhill and National Arboretum Canberra – attended by Jane Williams, Marion Nicholas, and Martin Weaver.
November – MOU signed between NZ Arb – attended by Martin Weaver and Jane Williams in Napier.
December – Large bequest from Est Les McGreevy.
Lady Anne Berry dies at 99.
Millennial Wood was planted for the year 2000 celebrations.
Paul Wymen was appointed as the third Curator of Eastwoodhill.
The Visitor Centre was built to accommodate increased visitor numbers.
NZ Gardens Trust recognise Eastwoodhill as a National Garden of Significance.
Eastwoodhill is recognised as New Zealand’s National Arboretum.
Eastwoodhill wins GOLD at the 2009 Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch. Ongoing events and catering work continue raising funds for the Eastwoodhill Charitable Trust to ensure the history is kept alive.
Douglas Cook Centre for Ornamental Plant Studies was built.
Gordon Collier, of Titoki Point, was appointed as garden advisor to develop a planting plan for the Homestead Garden.
Accommodation wing built for Douglas Cook Centre.
Kevin Boyce was employed as Eastwoodhill’s first Curator.
Formation of garden volunteers to look after the Homestead Garden.
Garry Clapperton appointed second Curator of Eastwoodhill.
HB Williams establishes the Eastwoodhill land as a trust, and after considerable work, a private members bill was put to Parliament. Bob Berry (from Hackfalls) begins cataloguing the collection at Eastwoodhill.
The Eastwoodhill Trust Act (1975) was passed, and the Eastwoodhill Trust Board was formed.
Eastwoodhill was awarded, ‘Arboretum Distinguished for Merit’ by the International Dendrology Society. The first such award by the IDS.
Glen Douglas planted.
Eastwoodhill was bought by H.B. Williams from Douglas Cook.
Douglas Cook died 27th April 1967.
Found and bought land for Pukeiti and with Russell Mathews established Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust in Taranaki.
Pear Park, Circus and Orchard Hill planted.
Douglas Park planted.
Married Claire Bourne. The original homestead burnt down.
Adopted Sholto Douglas Cook.
Cabin Park planted.
Claire and Douglas Cook visit England.
Original Tree Cathedral planted.
Claire and Douglas separate, and Claire moves to Auckland.
Cook began ‘serious’ planting of the park about 1927 onwards, intending to collect a wide range of materials. Corner Park planted. Bill Crooks began working for Douglas Cook.
Bought 250ha of farmland from the Ngatapa subdivision, which Douglas Cook named “Eastwoodhill” after the Miller family home in Thornliebank, near Glasgow. Flowers, orchids, and woodlots were planted.
Sent to war in Egypt and France and was injured and sent to England to recuperate. Was inspired by the beautiful parks and gardens he saw there and modelled Eastwoodhill on those he saw in England.
The first arboretum plantings were made mainly of woodlots and shelter belts. Poplar Avenue was planted along the main drive.