Barenbrug NZ continues assisting with ecological and landscape restoration – New Zealand

WELBRA, founded in 2008, combats invasive wilding conifers in the Waimakariri District. This year, 13 Barenbrug volunteers helped clear these trees at Flock Hill Station, aiding in native landscape restoration.


Founded in 2008, WELRA (Waimakariri Ecological and Landscape Restoration Alliance) is a community group tackling the wilding conifer problem in the Waimakariri District, near Barenbrug New Zealand’s headquarters in Canterbury. Wilding conifers have become a big issue over the last 30-40 years in New Zealand, as they are incredibly invasive on our native landscapes, forcing native animals out of their current environments.

The project

WELRA rely on the help of volunteers to remove wilding pines. This year a team of 13 from Barenbrug spent a stunning, but chilly day at Flock Hill Station clearing these trees. It was the third time they had spent a day supporting this work as one of their “Helping with Hands” activities.


Groups like Barenbrug are continuing to make a significant difference in reducing the conifers and returning the environment to its natural way.