Grant boosts regeneration project

CHLOE WINTER
Last updated 10:04 28/01/2014

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The owners of Spraypoint Station have received funding to continue their work helping native flora and fauna regenerate on the upper Waihopai Valley property.

Jenny and Roland Mapp received two of eight Biofund grants allocated to projects in Marlborough. The grants were announced by the conservation minister last week.

One of the grants, worth $11,087, will help establish a new 50-hectare conservation site on the Mapps' land linked to the Department of Conservation reserve.

The money will help pay for a new boundary fence to prevent domestic stock and feral animals accessing the protected area.

Another project to further control sycamore, gorse and broom infestations that threaten native plants and animals on the conservation site was allocated $79,720, the largest grant in Marlborough.

The Mapps own 2200ha in the upper Waihopai Valley.

They run their business, Off the Mapp, a secluded, three-cottage accommodation block with one of the cottages dating back to the 1900s.

They also farm 3000 units of stock, including sheep, cattle and horses over 1000ha of land.

The land they protect is part of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenant.

The funding will help them further protect regenerating bush which is home to some rare plants unique to Marlborough, Mrs Mapp said.

The rare flora include native weeping broom, fierce lancewood, the Waihopai daisy, cabbage tree and red and green mistletoe.

The land has changed significantly since they started the conservation work, Mrs Mapp said.

"It's fantastic the amount of regeneration . . . right from the valley floor to the mountain tops.

"It's quite rewarding to see the results."

They recently found glowworms in the bush as well as three species of geckos and some falcons, Mr Mapp said.

"These are very unexpected around here."

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- The Marlborough Express

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