Biologist Dr Hugh Wilson has been reforesting the Hinewai Reserve on New Zealand’s South Island since 1987 and is now the subject of a documentary ‘Fools and Dreamers’.
Man Spends 30 Years Turning Degraded Land into Massive Forest
When, in 1987, botanist Dr Hugh Wilson let the local community on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula 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, Dr Wilson 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. Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest is a free 30-minute documentary from HappenFilms about Hinewai Nature Reserve (below)
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