From the fantastic folk at Happen Films comes the incredible story of how degraded gorse-infested farmland has been regenerated back into beautiful native forest….
“We’re hoping that people from all over the world will draw inspiration from what’s happening at Hinewai Reserve and replicate that idea all over the world, which is why we’ve made it free to view.”
The 30-minute documentary tells the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know of his plans to allow the introduced ‘weed’ gorse to grow as a nurse canopy to regenerate farmland into native forest, people were not only skeptical but outright angry – the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”.
“Some people say, ‘Why are you restoring the forest?’ Saying, ‘Why are you doing it?’ is like saying, ‘Why should you love your mother?'” ~ Hugh Wilson