Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest 2019

Author: Alexx | Category: Environment | Nature | Year: 2019

A man spends 30 years regenerating a forest…  The incredible story of how degraded gorse-infested farmland has been regenerated back into beautiful native forest.

Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest is a 30-minute documentary about 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”.

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