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Artist bringing back the natives, plant by plant Continued from page 1. Called Bring Back the Natives, Paul received 500 plants, including ngaios, totara and cabbage trees from Wellington City Council to help revegetate the Town Belt slopes in Newtown’s east. Paul partners with Volunteer Wellington for the Corporate Challenge to host businesses who have signed up to volunteer
to do planting for a day. “These partnerships work really well with us – Chorus, MBIE, Z Energy. They do one day’s paid leave a year helping us,” says Lyne Pringle, a co-ordinator at Volunteer Wellington. “Community groups, the council and Victoria University have come on board to support the programme as well, com-
mitted to being civic minded. “The result is we have got this habitat - something that supports native birds - and you get something like the falcon.” Paul believes the Zealandia bird sanctuary has produced a “halo effect” for native birds in Wellington. “As the trees get bigger they will take over and attract even more birds.”
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Paul Forrest among two of his paintings done as part of the Halo Project, in his Newtown studio. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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Lyne says the project, along with Zealandia, is countering the loss of biodiversity happening worldwide. “In our city we’ve reversed the trend.” The Town Belt is undergoing a transition on the lower hillside and Paul hopes one day all the pines will be replaced. “It’s encouraging how much it changes. It’s quite big-picture stuff we’re doing.” He believes if everyone got involved in tree-planting the counter-effect it would have on climate change would be significant. “It’s the most tangible thing you can do to save the world.” Paul has also collaborated with bird photographer Derek Tearne, in implementing the Halo Project, which Paul has used his art to alert the Wellington region to the benefits of planting and conservation projects. The ongoing indoor/outdoor installation series sees Paul combine Derek’s photos of birds with artistic embellishments, some of which also feature sounds recorded by Matu Booth. Paul’s work will be celebrated at the upcoming Challenge event at the KPMG building on June 22 as part of National Volunteer Week.
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