The couple set to work, fencing off and deepening the springs, before gradually planting out the banks and building tracks. Organisations like ECan, DoC, Fonterra, and CAREX have been helping throughout. It’s been a 17-year labour of love - one they’ve had protected by a QE2 covenant, preserving their efforts in perpetuity.
Restoring the springs and turning them into a wetland improves their biodiversity meaning more plant and water life can live and grow in the area. It also creates a sediment trap, which prevents sediment continuing into the Silverstream catchment and then on to Lake Ellesmere. Ultimately, this helps improve the water quality in the lake.
Fonterra Sustainable Dairy Advisor, Libby Sutherland, who helped out with the planting, says it was a great opportunity to help our farmers and give back to the community.
“Having healthy waterways is in the interests of all of New Zealand and planting our river banks helps farmers protect and improve the quality of the waterways on their farms.