The Trust is the recipient of a truly significant and momentous endowment. An area of approximately 30 hectares of neighbouring land to the north of our current property has been gifted by Stuart and Alison Riden. The surveying of this property was initiated in December, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at 11.00am on the 11th November, 2018 – exactly 100 years to the moment that the First World War ended.
This area of property will be known as The Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary offers extensive and magnificent views of Lake Tutira and ensures that almost the whole perimeter of the lake is now preserved in perpetuity, with the land on the Eastern side of the lake, Tutira Country Park, being owned by the HB Regional Council.
Stuart Riden’s connection with the Trust goes back to 1992 when he purchased the land that borders the Trust’s Northern Boundary, part of which forms the area known as The Sanctuary. Follow this link to learn more about Stuart’s background, the impetus behind this incredible gift, and how he has become formally involved with the Trust.
While long term plans are still in the making, the Trust has made a start with retiring one area of this block and have planted a wetland area with approximately 4,000 native plants. More planting is planned throughout this winter with exotic trees earmarked for some of the more steeper slopes. Funding assistance for this planting has been obtained through the Hawkes Bay Regional Council from the “Te Waiu o Tutira” project.
In January this year, contractors were employed to fell multiple large Poplar trees on the sloping northern faces. These will be replaced with exotics over the coming planting seasons for the purposes off beautification, and stabilisation of the slopes.
With the gifting of this land, we have the most wonderful opportunity to create a Centre to support environmental education and increase understanding and appreciation off the natural environment. It could be an iconic landmark for Hawkes Bay. The opportunity clearly requires extensive consultation with those having the relevant skills to help us develop a sound strategic plan and will take considerable time. This will ensure we make the most of an exceptional opportunity for the whole community and secure the necessary funding.