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Wellyscapes: The witness tree

John Plimmer was one of Wellington’s founding fathers. In the mid-1800s his property was on a hillside with access down to what was then coastline, and what is now the shopping ‘golden mile’ of Lambton Quay. That path became immortalised into the Plimmer Steps. Mid-way up these steps, dwarfed by the concrete jungle it has silently witnessed rising up, is Plimmer’s Oak, still standing where John Plimmer planted the acorn in his garden.

Plimmer's Oak, Wellington

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