Prestigious conservation award to Hororata couple

by Kent Caddick

Hororata couple Olive Webb and Carol Gurney have been awarded the prestigious Diana Isaac Cup for the conservation work on their property.

The award was created by conservationist and philanthropist, Lady Diana Isaac, shortly before her death in 2012 and the cup was donated to the Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust.

The cup recognises outstanding efforts to weave native plants into the working lands of the Selwyn district.

Five dedicated and praiseworthy landowners applied for this year’s Diana Isaac Cup.

Bruce Rule and Catherine Ott of The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust handed over the cup to Olive Webb and Carol Gurney, as 2018 winners of the Diana Isaac Cup at a recent meeting of Te Ara Kakariki.

“The winning Greendot of over 3,000 native plants stood out for its well-restored stream, encouraging native mudfish habitat and a wetland restoration area in the process,” the judges said.

“Their commitment to sharing their passion with the community is also acknowledged as they often give tours of the property to people popping in, and consequently several neighbours and friends are eager to undertake similar projects returning their land to native landscape. “

On receiving the cup, Olive Webb shared her pleasure that her original plantings were now more than three metres tall and the waterway had transformed from ‘dirty’ to a beautiful environment, which her grandchildren now play in.