Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating A Native Forest

From the makers of the film: “We’ve made the film free to view because we want the important messages of land regeneration, nature connection, and living more simply to reach as many people as possible.

We hope you’re as inspired by the story of Hinewai Reserve.. as we are. Please feel free to share the link with anyone you feel would be interested.

Enjoy the film!”

Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest is a 30-minute documentary telling the story of 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.

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