Last week Alastair Cole from Landcare Trust took Nick and Geoff to visit the Dave Stewart – a dairy farmer in the Manawatu. Dave is going way beyond what is required of him in under the Dairy Industry Water Accord, by fencing and planting gullies and an ephemeral stream (a stream that only exists part of the year).
Dave told us a great story (which we didn’t get on film sadly) which demonstrates how he looks at this work he is doing. He likes watching the Tour de France, and talked about how the cathedral in one town the tour passed through took two hundred years to build. Dave identifies with the architects of that church, because like them he won’t live to see the legacy he is planting now in its full glory. But he feels good knowing that the part of his land is being returned to its former state, and this will providing shelter, shade and help purify the water running from the other parts of his farm. Good on you, Dave.