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Pinewoods Farms.

Tim and Lucy Cookson of Pinewoods Farm have a vision to bring back native birds and other wildlife through the reintroduction of native plant species to the farm landscape.

Building on restoration work already completed, Pinewoods have been planted in fenced strips along the paddocks and under the pivots that supply irrigation water. This strategy has ensured greater seedling survival. The restoration programme provides a living, breathing community classroom with school groups helping with the planting. These young conservationists have future goals to continue with their involvement, providing a learning opportunity that extends from ecosystems to climate action.


Short term.

  • 4800 plants planted; 1475 seedlings planted through EMF Fund.
  • Increase in the diversity of the landscape.
  • Increases in Terrestrial fauna, such as lizards and insects.

Longer term.

  • Established patch of native podocarp forest that is large enough to be functional.
  • Established a functional seed source for plant species endemic to the Canterbury Plains.
  • Plentiful source of food for native birds and a steppingstone through to other patches of native vegetation.
  • Abundance of native bird species returning to the farm.
  • Increase mahinga kai values.