Queenstown couple Barbara and Neill Simpson received the Loder Cup for 2015/16 for their tireless work to protect native flora and get others involved in conservation.

Barbara and Neill Simpson with the Loder Cup.
Barbara and Neill Simpson with Loder Cup

Among many other successes, the Simpsons were central to the reforestation project on the Lake Wakatipu islands from 2000, planting more than 40,000 native plants there.

Mr Simpson, a former DOC ranger, is an acknowledged expert on native plants and the effects of exotic pests on their ecosystem, while Mrs Simpson has introduced hundreds, if not thousands, of children to our natural world through successful school and community volunteer programmes.

The Simpsons were presented with the cup at the 2016 Green Ribbon Awards.

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