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Growing up in Christchurch, I visited Otamahua in various school trips and the like. Later as an adult, I partook in a tree planting in the early 2000s. Fast forward to August 2013, after five years abroad I returned to the island to once again plant some trees at a public working bee...when I stood amongst the ten-year old native plantings in the middle of the island, I could barely believe that I was on the same island that I remembered as a dry, grassy husk twenty years earlier.
I'm so proud that Cantabrians have embraced an island restoration project of their own. It won't be another five years before I visit again, but now I look forward to seeing the further transformation (or restoration, if you will) of Quail Island - bring on the reintroductions!
Date of Posting: 04 October 2013
Posted By: Simon Shikongo
Over a number of years I have had the pleasure of playing a small part in the transformation of Quail Island from a barren degraded environment to a regenerating pest free habitat and a beautiful place to visit. A day out working as a volunteer, alongside many other island enthusiasts, is always both relaxing and re-energizing for the spirit.
Date of Posting: 26 September 2013
Posted By: Cathy Pollock
Have helped out a little on the island since moving to Cass Bay 13 years ago. It is great to see the growth on those early planting and we are now able to see natives poking over the ridge from our lounge window. There are also more native birds in our garden each year. Carry on the great work folks.
Date of Posting: 25 September 2013
Posted By: Rob McCaw
Cass Bay
I was recently lucky enough to visit Quail Island to observe first-hand the success of the plantings that the Trust has undertaken over the years. The way in which the Trust has planned and strategised the planting areas, the species to be planted and the rest of the work they do around pest and weed control, has resulted in a very successful programme with fantastic results. Even more impressive is that the majority of the work that has been done, has been achieved through volunteer effort and enthusiasim - this is something that the Trust and the volunteer community should be very proud of.
Date of Posting: 19 June 2013
Posted By: Robyn Russ

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