The Longbush Ecosanctuary is a haven for rare and endangered species of native birds, plants and animals, just nine kilometres from Gisborne city.
The Welcome Shelter is designed as an outdoor classroom from which to explore different aspects of Longbush and its rare and endangered species of plants and animals.
This project provides activities for locals and visitors within the region, and will enhance the tourism sector. It also incorporates the strong cultural heritage of the region and, as the visitors to the ecosanctuary increase, so will the exposure to those cultural experiences.
The Longbush team raised sponsorship and funding from many sources, and organised teams of volunteers to prefabricate and erect the structure – an outstanding exercise in collaborative place making. ECT was pleased to be part of this project, contributing $65,000.