In the media
Nelson Forests has many great stories to tell about the work of its contractors and staff. If you are a member of the media who is interested in writing or broadcasting a forestry-related story we look forward to hearing from you.
Lees Seymour, Managing Director of Nelson Forests Ltd via firstname.lastname@example.org
In1954 more than 1,000 primary schoolchildren gathered in the Golden Downs Forest near Nelson to plant Douglas fir and radiata seedlings they had carefully nurtured from seeds handed out the previous year to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was a misty winter day on that first day of tree planting on June 8. Little did those children know they were beginning an annual tradition that continues to this day and hopefully will continue for many years to come. In September this year the current owners of the trees and the land they grow on, Nelson Forests and Ngāti Toa respectively, joined together to mark the 60th anniversary of tree planting in the area now known as Coronation Forest. Read the articleRead more
One of the Marlborough community’s less wellknown but important economic assets is Kaituna Sawmill, located just off SH6, a short distance from the Wairau River bridge. The Nelson Forestsowned company employs more than 60 people directly and supports many more suppliers, contractors and service providers in the region. The mill is really only noticeable from the state highway because of the steam from the wood-drying kilns, yet the sheer size and complexity of the business takes many by surprise. Read the articleRead more
Safety in our forests is a pressing issue, particularly given the tragic loss of life that has occurred during the past year. Nelson Forests Ltd’s Managing Director, Lees Seymour, believes that creating a culture where people are safe is about treating staff like they are your family. “It’s not about blaming – it’s easy to blame people.” Many factors contribute to any incident, he says. These include the business culture and practices, management systems, training and education. Nelson Forests’ Health and Safety Manager, Les Bak, agrees and says that it’s important that safety doesn’t become overcomplicated with systems and procedures. “Leaders need to focus on culture,” says Les. “The key to a good safety culture is simple: lead from the top, care about your people, never compromise, and avoid surprises.” Read the articleRead more
The forestry sector is one of the most important contributors to the Nelson-Tasman economy, as an employer, port customer, supplier of raw materials to local businesses, and as an exporter. Plantation forests in the region are managed sustainably, providing jobs for local people for more than four generations. Forestry’s importance, particularly to the Tasman region, is clearly demonstrated in the latest six-monthly figures from the Nelson RegionalRead more