Biodiversity work acknowledged at ES Awards
Janet Gregory, formerly of Wendon, has received a special award, Kaitiaki Tohu Pai, at the Southland Community Environment Awards to honour her work in biodiversity.
‘‘I feel affirmed by my nomination along with all the others involved in changing people’s attitudes to biodiversity and the ways they have responded to this important aspect of what we hold dear,’’ she said.
Gregory, who co-ordinated the Biodiversity Southland forum, promoted protection and management of biodiversity on private land, shared information amongst forum members including Southland councils, Federated Farmers, Department of Conservation, QE II National Trust and Venture Southland.
‘‘This was used to support protection and management for 1368 hectares of forest and wetland areas on private land to assist with fencing, planting, and weed and pest control.
‘‘Connecting and supporting a lot of community groups around restoring and planting for biodiversity was significant.’’
Gregory was involved in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, and established catchment groups with a focus on the Pomahaka.
‘‘I am passionate about agriculture and the environment, and believe they go hand in hand.’’
Janet Gregory’s work in the rural community was celebrated at the Southland Community Environment Awards.