23 June 2011
Sir Brian Lochore farewelled as Chair of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust
Covenantors, associates and friends gathered at an event hosted by the Minister of Conservation to farewell Sir Brian Lochore as Chair of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and acknowledge his contribution to the protection of natural and cultural areas on private land while in that role.
Chief Executive Margaret McKee says that Sir Brian’s iconic status has raised the Trust’s profile and awareness of the importance of conservation on private land.
“Sir Brian has a great love of our country and as a farmer naturally has a close affinity with rural New Zealanders. This has allowed him to build a deeper appreciation and awareness of what the Trust and landowners can achieve together through covenanting, and also to promote the significant contribution private landowners are already making to protect our natural and cultural heritage,” she said.
The landowner-driven covenanting process ensures enduring protection for significant natural and cultural sites found on private land. The Trust has approved or registered just under 2000 covenants during Sir Brian’s term as Chair, protecting 49,880 ha of special places on private land. In total over 110,000 ha are protected in QEII open space covenants by almost 3,500 New Zealand landowners.
Sir Brian’s term as Chair of the Trust ends on 30 June 2011.
Margaret Mckee, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, 04 474 1683
Anne McLean, Communications Advisor, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, 04 474 1680