Celebrity chef helps to plant rata for namesake restaurant
14/10/2013

On Friday 11 October, celebrity chef Josh Emett from Queenstown’s Rātā restaurant joined Project Crimson and the local volunteers from the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust to plant 180 native trees, including southern rātās, on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula.

 

The Project Crimson Trust is a conservation charity with over 20 years in community restoration projects, specifically focused on the protection and renewal of pohutukawa and rātā. Rātā restaurant partnered with Project Crimson in 2012 and through their fundraising efforts will help Project Crimson to plant native trees in the Queenstown region.


Project Crimson Communications Manager Melanie Seyfort says “We are thrilled to have Rātā on board with us as a fundraising partner. This year’s planting is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing restoration project in the Wakatipu, in partnership with Rātā. It was great to have Josh along with his business partner Fleur Caulton join us this morning to kick off this project in Queenstown.”


Josh Emett says “Rātā’s focus has always been to create a uniquely southern restaurant and dining experience. To be able to partner with Project Crimson and actually plant southern rātās with the local community is exactly what we had set out to do through this partnership. I’m behind Project Crimson’s work 100% and looking forward to returning next year for further planting in the area.”


Neill Simpson from the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust helped to organise the planting event, identifying an appropriate site for revegetating and sourcing plants locally. Local Department of Conservation staff also joined the event.

Josh Emett, Neill and Barbara Simpson from the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, Mel Seyfort from Project Crimson and Fleur Caulton from Rata

Josh Emett, Neill and Barbara Simpson from the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, Mel Seyfort from Project Crimson and Fleur Caulton from Rata