Celebrity chef Josh Emett prepares to plant a southern rata
on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula on Friday, during a special
planting day organised by Project Crimson in conjunction
with the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust and the Department of
Conservation. Photo supplied.
Celebrity chef Josh Emett, of Queenstown's Rata
restaurant, joined forces with Project Crimson and volunteers
from the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust on Friday, planting 200
native trees, including southern ratas, on the Kelvin Heights
The Project Crimson Trust is a conservation charity with more
than 20 years' experience in community restoration projects,
specifically focused on the protection and renewal of
pohutukawa and rata.
Rata restaurant partnered with Project Crimson last year and
through its fundraising will help the project plant native
trees in the Wakatipu area.
Project Crimson communications manager Melanie Seyfort said
this year's planting was the first of what she hoped would be
an ongoing restoration project.
Mr Emett said to plant southern ratas with the community was
what he and business partner Fleur Caulton had set out to
achieve when partnering with the project.
''I'm behind Project Crimson's work 100% and looking forward
to returning next year for further planting in the area.''