BPCT Partnership

The Trust’s initial stocktake project highlighted the excellent reputation the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust (BPCT) has achieved through its work with landowners to covenant areas of significant vegetation and with the various agencies involved with pest and weed control to co-ordinate their efforts.

Since its formation, the BPCT has become an effective and essential body.  The stocktake also highlighted the difficulty that organizations such as the BPCT have in funding their core staff.  The Trust therefore determined that offering financial support to the BPCT was the most effective way for the Trust to meet its biodiversity and conservation objectives. The two organisations formalized their relationship in September 2012 with a three year grant of $25,000 per year. The annual grant was extended for another year in 2016 with an additional grant to help the BPCT employ a volunteer coordinator to enable it to extend its work into the Lyttelton Harbour area and also support more voluntary efforts to work on pest plant control.

(Left) The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trustees visited the BPCT office in Tai Tapu.

The BPCT's Wildside Coordinator Marie Haley guiding a walk at the opening of the Purple Peak Curry Reserve.