Huge congratulations to the Rotary Club of Winton from all of us in District 9980 for the accolades your amazing community work received at the Environment Southland Community Awards.
Winton’s Rotarians were named joint winners in the Achiever section at a gala awards ceremony for their tireless efforts constructing and enhancing the Winton Rotary Trail.

Members describe the project, which has seen extensive plantings of native trees and shrubs along the 9km track, as one their most rewarding yet.

President Peter King says the project has been very much a community effort, with many chipping in with plants, funding and “in kind” donations.
“Not to mention the good will of several landowners who have agreed to the trail traversing their land,” he says.

The judges made particular mention of the community approach involved in the project, along with the fact that Rotary’s work on the trail will go on to benefit future generations as the plantings mature.

Formal easements are now in place to protect the trail, and the Winton Community Board has taken responsibility for maintaining it as a community asset.

“But Rotary has a vested interest in continuing to enhance the trail,” Peter says.

“Apart from more planting, other options for the future include outdoor art work and a barbecue in the Ivy Russell Reserve.”
Posted on September 26, 2016