Above: Five of Graeme Corkill’s six children, his grandchildren and his mother (an area in the covenant is called Jean's Bush for her) gathered at Corkills Bush to celebrate its protection with a QEII covenant.
Graeme protected the large block of lowland forest with the 94ha covenant in 2007.
‘The process with QEII has been brilliant,’ says Graeme. ‘Fencing the bush was a big job and I couldn’t have done it by myself.
'The fence helps with managing the farm as well as protecting the bush.’
Graeme Corkill runs 130 cows on his 643ha dairy, sheep and cattle farm.
Above: The 7-wire post and batten fence protecting the covenant from stock intrusion was constructed with contributions from QEII and the landowner.
‘It’s an excellent job done on relatively steep country,’ says Neil Phillips, QEII Taranaki Regional Representative.
Neil says Graeme is a strong advocate for conservation and the benefits of protecting bush with QEII covenants.
‘Retiring this forest from stock will result in regeneration and a better habitat for wildlife including kiwi in the north-east block,’ Neil explains.
Above: The protected primary kamahi-tawa-rewarewa forest and rimu-black beech forest forms a notable landscape feature beyond the river flats of the Taramoukau.
You may have a special area on your farm that you wish to safeguard forever. Contact your local QEII representative ...
Open SpaceTM Magazine No. 75, March 2009 © QEII National Trust