Protect, Enhance, Connect.
For All of Us
The vision of The Forest Bridge Trust is to create a connected landscape of healthy forest and flourishing indigenous wildlife from the Kaipara Harbour in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east.
Interested in Volunteering
- Saturday 24 June
- 10am - 1pm
- Matakana Hall
- Click for details
The seed of The Forest Bridge Trust was planted when founders Kevin and Gill Adshead— who reintroduced kiwi to their family farm at Glorit in 2013— discovered that for the new residents to spread their flightless wings and thrive, they would need 10,000 hectares of predator-controlled habitat. This would be a challenge in itself, but they had an even bigger dream that one day, these west coast kiwis could safely roam and eventually meet up with their cousins over in Tāwharanui Regional Park. It was clear, to make the dream a reality, a team was needed to work with farmers and other landowners and the wider community to connect the landscape through fencing and planting and to improve the habitat by controlling pests and predators.
Gill and Kevin sought out other like-minded people with similar aspirations and in 2014 a farmer-initiated environment trust, The Forest Bridge Trust (TFBT) was created. The vision and mission of the trust were developed by farmers, other landowners, and local groups working to protect and enhance the environment where they live. Since those early days it has been recognised that more specialised people and many more resources were needed to turn the dream into reality. From a largely voluntary base of a few people with a big dream, the trust is now a substantially resourced and effective organisation actively achieving the vision of connecting, protecting and enhancing the landscape from coast to coast.
In the news
Job Vacancy June 2023 – Fencing and Planting Advisor
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Million Dollar View at Cue Haven
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Trapper of the month – May 2023
Trapper of the month – May 2023 Congratulations to Maria from Pakiri who is our Trapper Of The Month (May 2023). Maria contacted the Trust to ask if she could help check the traps she'd noticed on...
Connect & Inspire – A conservation Hui in Warkworth
Connect & Inspire – A conservation Hui in Warkworth Restore Rodney East recently held a Hui for environmental community groups across Rodney. The theme of the Hui was Connect and Inspire. The...
Our priority – building a Bridge
Until 2025, our focus is working to achieve a predator controlled corridor of land from west to east. This is an area of 54,000 hectares connecting the existing wildlife sanctuaries at Mataia Restoration Project in the west to Tawharanui Regional Park in the east.
How we will build the Bridge
Our activities connect the landscape and people in the North Rodney region through focused activities:
Fencing and Riparian Planting
We welcome your help
Your Support makes a big difference
Through practical landowner-centred support, enable the protection, enhancement and connection of forest remnants, wetlands and other landscape to provide safe habitat for indigenous wildlife.