Since the late 1800's Paradise has been run as a retreat for people who seek tranquility and an accessible wilderness experience. Paradise is a 128 hectare property located at the head of Lake Wakatipu. It is recognised for outstanding heritage significance and unspoilt natural beauty. Paradise Trust operates on a not-for-profit basis with all funds, other than those required to run the property, following back into the enhancement of the land. The primary goals of the Trust are outlined in a vision statement that includes "preserve and enhance the exceptional attributes of the property" also "encourage and protect the native flora and fauna".
Recognising the importance of Kowhai trees in the Otago landscape, Paradise has been an active participant in Project Gold since it began. A unique tree to New Zealand and in steady decline, planting Kowhai trees is important not only for enhancing the landscape but assisting our native birdlife.
The Trust provides the community with an accessible wilderness experience. It is open to the pubic all year round with guests & visitors to the property enjoying and experiencing an appreciation of biodiversity values
The Project Gold sites on Paradise are chosen not only for best planting position i.e. north facing but also for where they are best experienced by visitors to the property. To date each tree is planted by a volunteer through a programme called Help Exchange and is labelled with a yellow tag that records the name of the volunteer, which country they come from and the season planted.
Our initial goal when we first set out was to have a total of 50 Kowhai trees planted by the end of March 2015. This was achieved and we have slowly continued to plant kowhai trees and refine our planting and protection process for growing trees in a harsh environment. We currently have eight established Kowhai planting sites with over 100 trees planted and would now like to expand this project with the aim of 500 trees planted by the 2025.
Funders matched to this planter
Paradise Trust has had support for their plantings from 9 funders since 2017 and has received 600 trees through Trees That Count.
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