Return to native bush

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Return To Native Bush

Project 2020-03-22 22:17:16 +1300

Although our dream was established many years ago and started out as saving bees, that quickly developed into a much larger project. Once we found the perfectly suitable site to get things going, we looked at the surrounding areas and developed our idea into regenerating native bush for all the local creatures to enjoy.

So we, Sommer and I, are just a couple who love nature.

Sommer’s love of honey and desire to “save the bees” as they decline around the world cemented our vision for providing our own small piece of sanctuary that provides both a bee haven and a natural environment for nature to take back deforested land. Sommer’s experience with international sales of Manuka honey and bee care made Manuka trees the perfect base plant for a native bush environment and haven for the little creatures to thrive.
 
Mark’s background in construction and commercial growing with extensive experience in business development and property development provided the opportunity to purchase our first plot of land to convert in a warm and sunny location already surrounded by native bush being the Abel Tasman National Park.

Our plan is to take the previously partially cleared pine forest site and replace the pine with native bush. Pine trees draw a lot of the moisture and nutrients out of the ground inhibiting undergrowth and decaying the land so little else can grow around it. We intent to return this site to a native bush environment with native Manuka trees creating a better habitat for native birds (and most importantly bees!). The Native plantation Manuka trees provide a stronger more sustainable eco system for the local environment while the pine trees will be mulched to allow them to breakdown and release the nutrients back into the soil. The replanting process will require about 1600 new native trees per Hectare with a site total of 50 Hectares and an average cost $5 per tree to complete. The $5 per tree includes clearing the old pine trees and replanting with native Manuka trees. The initial plan is for 30 Hectares to be replanted so the site can develop over several years keeping costs down.

Once complete, the replanted site will prevent erosion of the land, leave nutrients in the soil, clear carbon from the air and provide a fresh natural environment for bees and local creatures combined.

A brief summary of how the funds will be spent on site.

Trees are being purchased from a national supply nursery so quality and planting procedures are managed by a professional team. Seedlings and planting are undertaken by the nursery supplier. Post planting will be undertaken by Sommer and I which consists of placing the mulch and watering the young trees. Site prep consists of the removal of larger pine trees, gates and fencing repairs and mulching of the old pines.

Once the trees are planted we have a 6 year plan for the trees to fully grow and for hives to be slowly introduced to the site.

Because there are already manuka trees growing on the site we already know that the new trees will take well and grow strong.

 

 

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Project 2020-03-22 22:17:16 +1300

Although our dream was established many years ago and started out as saving bees, that quickly developed into a much larger project. Once we found the perfectly suitable site to get things going, we looked at the surrounding areas and developed our idea into regenerating native bush for all the local creatures to enjoy.

So we, Sommer and I, are just a couple who love nature.

Sommer’s love of honey and desire to “save the bees” as they decline around the world cemented our vision for providing our own small piece of sanctuary that provides both a bee haven and a natural environment for nature to take back deforested land. Sommer’s experience with international sales of Manuka honey and bee care made Manuka trees the perfect base plant for a native bush environment and haven for the little creatures to thrive.
 
Mark’s background in construction and commercial growing with extensive experience in business development and property development provided the opportunity to purchase our first plot of land to convert in a warm and sunny location already surrounded by native bush being the Abel Tasman National Park.

Our plan is to take the previously partially cleared pine forest site and replace the pine with native bush. Pine trees draw a lot of the moisture and nutrients out of the ground inhibiting undergrowth and decaying the land so little else can grow around it. We intent to return this site to a native bush environment with native Manuka trees creating a better habitat for native birds (and most importantly bees!). The Native plantation Manuka trees provide a stronger more sustainable eco system for the local environment while the pine trees will be mulched to allow them to breakdown and release the nutrients back into the soil. The replanting process will require about 1600 new native trees per Hectare with a site total of 50 Hectares and an average cost $5 per tree to complete. The $5 per tree includes clearing the old pine trees and replanting with native Manuka trees. The initial plan is for 30 Hectares to be replanted so the site can develop over several years keeping costs down.

Once complete, the replanted site will prevent erosion of the land, leave nutrients in the soil, clear carbon from the air and provide a fresh natural environment for bees and local creatures combined.

A brief summary of how the funds will be spent on site.

Trees are being purchased from a national supply nursery so quality and planting procedures are managed by a professional team. Seedlings and planting are undertaken by the nursery supplier. Post planting will be undertaken by Sommer and I which consists of placing the mulch and watering the young trees. Site prep consists of the removal of larger pine trees, gates and fencing repairs and mulching of the old pines.

Once the trees are planted we have a 6 year plan for the trees to fully grow and for hives to be slowly introduced to the site.

Because there are already manuka trees growing on the site we already know that the new trees will take well and grow strong.

 

 

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