(Friday 20 October, 2023) The Fiordland Trails Trust was thrilled to be awarded a Highly Commended award at the 2023 Environment Southland Community Awards.

The Trust was awarded Highly Commended in the Environmental Action in the Community section for its environmental mahi enabled by the Jobs for Nature project – Bringing the Park to the People. This three-year project enabled the enhancement and extension of the trail network in Fiordland, including significant weed and predator control and a native planting programme that has seen thousands of natives planted.

The Environmental Action in the Community Award recognises groups working collaboratively within their community to enhance Southland’s environment;

A huge congratulations to the category winner – Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust, and all finalists; Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust, Forest & Bird Southland, Southland Tramping Club and the Lowr Upukerora Restoration Group.

One of our Trustees, Steve Hoskin, was also a finalist in the Individual Environmental Leadership or Action category, recognised for his work in turning the Fiordland Trail Trust’s ideas and concepts into reality. Over many years, Steve has provided leadership for a range of projects that have immensely positive impact on the community and the environment. He is a passionate advocate for the environment and his energy and leadership make a real difference for the local community.

The Trust is so pleased to be working on initiatives that link recreation and the environment – two absolutely core parts of our community that we are privileged to support.