Regenerative Land Management: The Power of Plants

It’s been 13 months since we finished fencing our stream and had the first school group come for a planting day: Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Tupoho. Since then we have planted over 1,600 trees and plants with the help of three local schools, two community working bees, and 11 farm interns.

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What a difference a year makes!

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All of the work has been carried out with help from the forward-thinking and generous funding schemes administered by Horizons Regional Council. The final bill exceeds $10,000, and HRC has paid half of that. Thank you!

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For the most part Regional Councils manage environmental quality in New Zealand with a particular focus on water quality and flooding. By encouraging farmers to fence riparian corridors and plant native trees Regional Councils achieve both of these mandates in a holistic rather than reductionist manner. Other benefits include wildlife habitat and increased biological diversity.

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Thanks to a wet summer last year and the help of our farm interns – who hand weeded the native trees four times between October and April – the trees have thrived. As you can see from the images, some of the natives have tripled and quadrupled in size – in one year! The Horizons rural consultants said they had never seen anything like it when they came to do an audit in June.¬†Of the 1,600 natives planted we’ve only found one that died.

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Given the investment of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of labour, there is a huge sense of satisfaction seeing the plants thriving. It was a big decision to fence off 15% of our land from stock and return it to native bush – permaculture zone 5. Looking at it now there are no regrets.

You can support the further planting of native trees along the stream – still about 600 to go – by purchasing a copy of the 2018 Permaculture Calendar. 100% of the income from New Zealand sales goes directly to this project.

2018 Permaculture Calendar Cover copy

Orders: theecoschool at gmail.com

 

Peace, Estwing