It is our mission to transform the 2 hectares of land at Fiordland Eco-Retreat back to its former state of native lowland podocarp / hardwood forest. To do this, we anticipate that we’ll need to plant approximately 4,000 trees.
For every booking that we receive, we aim to plant one tree. We think that it may take another 2,000 trees to reforest the land (we have already planted approximately 1,500 plants).
What Species are we Planting?
We’ve sought advice from Department of Conservation experts regarding which plant species would have grown on the land. We’re focusing most heavily on beech and rimu, but other species such as matai, miro, red beech and southern rata will also be planted. Kowhai, manuka and flowering shrubs such as hebes and olearias will hopefully help to attract birds and bees back to the area.
Where do the Plants Come From?
We’re mostly purchasing from a local native plant nursery, but also regularly purchase from another reforestation project a few towns over in Lumsden, which also runs its own nursery. We are also taking cuttings from some of our most hardy plants, and propagating them in our glasshouse.
How Can I Become Involved?
You already are, just by booking to stay with us! But if you’d like to select and plant your own tree while you’re here, please don’t hesitate to let us know!