Ever since I can remember, I've always had a deep love of nature and have been planting trees with the Whareroa Guardians on the Kapiti Coast since I was just six years old.
Now a young adult, I am lucky to have had many great experiences over my years in conservation. This includes attending multiple Restoration Days.
As a young person, it is sometimes hard to know what is the best way you can help the environment. It can be difficult to know where to start. Through Restoration Day, not only have I learnt about everything from identification of weeds to what makes a stream healthy for freshwater fish, but also been inspired by an incredible line-up of speakers each year.
The people around me on my first Restoration Day were nothing but kind, encouraging and more than happy to answer any questions I had.
I think it's crucial for younger people to attend these events, as this knowledge and inspiration must be passed down in order for us to continue all of the incredible work those before us have put in.
Restoration Day is an awesome place to gain knowledge, connections and experience from enthusiastic, likeminded people and I can't wait to see what this year's day brings.
Find more information about Wellington Restoration Day and how to register on the Wellington Restoration Day 2019 webpage.