‘ADOPT - A – PLOT’ Working Bee - 30 October 
On Saturday 30 October, 15 Rotarians, partners and visiting Rotarians enjoyed a couple of hours up on Ben Lomond, high above Queenstown.  It was about a 10 minute walk in, from the top of the gondola, to get to our plot and boy was it a great view from the office!  
Our job on the plot is to keep the ‘wilding pines’ out.  This will allow the natives and grasses to grow and thrive. We have linked with the ‘Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group Inc’ (WCG) which is a community not-for-profit organisation created in April 2009.  The group is focused on protecting biodiversity and the remarkable landscape of the Wakatipu for the benefit of residents, users, tourists and particularly future generations.  The WCG aim is to control the wilding pine trees.
Native skinks are returning to the area which is great news.
Thanks to the Rotary members involved:  Richard Bowman, Neil and Gillian Boniface, Lee-Ann Lines, Hamish Murray, Gabrielle Schou, David Tait, Alan Ward, Riki Hunter, John Thompson, Grant and Valma Rees, Chris Taylor, Ashley Adams, Kerry Dunlop, Ken Fox, and Scott Donaldson.
Many thanks also to visiting Rotarians, Peter and Donna Buxton, from the Balclutha Rotary Club.
We will be having another working bee hopefully before Christmas and again in February if anyone wants to join in.
An amazing buffet lunch was enjoyed afterwards at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant - ‘all you can eat’ and we certainly made the most of it and hoped that the gondola could handle us on our way down!