Now owned by Ian and Janet Woodhouse, the 10ha Awatea Bush covenant protecting two primary forest remnants east of Eketahuna was put in place by Robert and Lorraine Monson in 1994.
With continual shorting by the regenerating vegetation, the original 3-wire electric fences around the blocks had became ineffective.
Above: The original 3-wire electric fence had become ineffective by 2007.
This type of fence is not suitable for protecting remnants on sheep and beef farms and permanent fencing was needed to stop stock damaging the understorey and groundcover.
With contributions from the landowners and QEII, 490m of replacement fencing was constructed over 2005-2007.
Then in 2009, the remaining 1,347m was fenced with the Biodiversity Condition Fund and Horizons Regional Council also contributing to the costs.
Palatable seedlings are already appearing in the groundcover and new leaves sprouting on palatable understorey species.
Above: The new 8-wire post and batten fence constructed by Gary Graham will now protect the forest from stock.
Right: An anicient matai in the forest.
With a wide diversity of species including tawa, mahoe, matai, kahikatea, totara and rimu, the forest is habitat for ornate skinks (Gradual Decline), tui and kereru.
‘The landowners are very proud of the two remnants and are enthusiastic about the recovery of the vegetation now they are fenced properly,’ says Bill Wallace, the local QEII representative.
‘They will monitor and maintain the fences to a good stock proof standard.’
Above: Ruth Fleeson from Horizons Regional Council and landowner Ian Woodhouse check the new fence line.
Photos: Bill Wallace
Open SpaceTM Magazine No. 78, March 2010 © QEII National Trust