With International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re celebrating the many women who drive our work behind the scenes here at Trees That Count and Project Crimson. They’ve got advice on reaching your career goals, finding inspiration, and, naturally, some fave native tree picks.
Lisa Clapcott - Regional Advisor for Manawatu-Whanganui, Trees That Count
Who are some women that inspire you?
People in my own life who are prepared to live lives that are a little unconventional; friends who are still doing amazing things outdoors. And mum, of course! She’s always incredibly patient and supportive, with great stickability.
What made you want to get involved in environmental work?
I had an active upbringing - always close to the bush and sea. Later, the Outdoor Pursuit Centre and years spent living at Tongariro had an impact, but I’ve always had a feeling I wanted to work outdoors.
What’s your advice to women wanting to work in the biodiversity/environment space?
Get out and learn about the implementation. Spend time in the field, even if you’re going to be theoretically based. Be prepared for hard work: we’ve modified the land so much it will take us a long time to have an impact turning it around, but it will be worth it!
What’s your favourite native tree?
Kaikomako! The juvenile form is quite different from the adult and it has an interesting leaf shape. My favourites are always quirky and divaricating.