THE Southland Ecological Restoration Network gifted a sign to thank the Bowman family for their contribution in protecting a forest remnant in an event organised by the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) National Trust last Saturday.
QEII National Trust Southland regional representative Jesse Bythell said the trust wanted to inform people about the history of the area.
“The Bowman family deserves the recognition for protecting this forest remnant for nearly 100 years. If you think back to the early 1920s and this part of Southland there were cattle running around everywhere, there were rabbits making a mess, people were mining sand dunes and cutting down the forest. Richard’s family thought this was special enough that they wanted to protect it. They did something that was farsighted and different at that time,” she said.