Paremata Flat Reserve champion wins national award

Ian Price has been announced the 2013 winner of Forest & Bird’s nationwide Golden Spade Award for his role leading the ecological restoration at Paremata Flat Reserve near Nelson’s Cable Bay.

Golden spade winner Ian Price

Golden spade winner Ian Price

The award, announced on World Environment Day, is made each year to honour outstanding efforts in restoration projects run or led by Forest & Bird branches.

The retired farmer and property developer has been spearheading the ambitious restoration project since 2011, and dedicates up to three full days a week planting, undertaking weed and pest control, collecting eco-sourced seeds and managing volunteer planting days, in addition to about the 5 to 8 hours a week on administration and fundraising.

The project is managed by the Nelson-Tasman branch of Forest & Bird, which initiated the restoration of the remnant forest and estuary habitats on Nelson City Council land in 2007.

Ian Price says the project has escalated beyond the Forest & Bird branch to become “a cross-community effort”.

“The project’s success is due to the efforts of several hundred people,” Ian Price says. “Over 250 people were recently involved in planting over 20,000 trees, putting in over 1050 volunteer hours. We’ve also received over $80,000 from donors and sponsors.”

The project target is to plant 120,000 plants at the reserve before 2017.

Nelson-Tasman Forest & Bird branch secretary Gillian Pollock says the branch is “extremely fortunate to have a person such as Ian to lead the Paremata project”.

“He’s enthusiastic, hard-working and thorough ... and almost single-handedly acquired funding and attracted a large number of volunteers. As well as having excellent logistics skills, Ian is always a hands-on person working side by side with the other volunteers,” Gillian Pollock says.

Ian Price will be presented with the Golden Spade Award at Forest & Bird’s 90th anniversary dinner in Wellington on June 29.

Contact: Ian Price, (03) 545 9018
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