Brian has put in countless hours of effort on our local reserves, alongside our committee, for the last seven years. He has helped us plant over 6000 trees, during these years, and his efforts in releasing and watering the young plants has greatly increased their success rate.
He has studied various methods of releasing plants and has also taught us to use some weeds like broom as nursery plants to protect our young plants from frost and extreme heat. He has quietly worked away to cut back the broom at appropriate times so that the emerging native plants can thrive.
Last year he drew up a plan to help us apply for funding to replant a large area with indigenous species, we planted about 1000 plants as a result of this and will continue to work on this project this winter. Although we did pay him a small amount for this plan, it would not have covered his costs. Brian is also involved with other, similar projects on reserves in Lyttleton and he has worked with several schools to encourage their students involvement and understanding of conservation.
We would like to nominate Brian in recognition of his tireless efforts and huge contribution to the reserves of Cass Bay, particularly at Pony Point.
Nominated by: Jenny Healey, President, Cass Bay Reserves Committee