VIDEO – “Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest.” This Man Has Spent 30 Years Restoring a Forest Back From Farmland

Here’s the incredible story of how degraded gorse-infested farmland has been regenerated back into beautiful New Zealand 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”.

Now considered a hero locally and across the country, Hugh oversees 1500 hectares resplendent in native forest, where birds and other wildlife are abundant and 47 known waterfalls are in permanent flow. He has proven without doubt that nature knows best – and that he is no fool.

Photo of Hugh courtesy of Hinewai Reserve.

Watch 3-minute video trailer.

Watch full 30-minute film.

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