A passion for the land and the environment is combined in Janet Gregory’s role for the NZ Landcare Trust where she works with farmers, rural communities, councils and sector groups to tackle land and water issues.

Janets upbringing on her family’s Taieri sheep, beef and arable farm instigated a love for the land and animals and she still has the remnants of her families Border Leicester stud flock she inherited from her uncle which originated 5 generations ago.

Janet originally trained as a Forest Ranger with the NZ Forest Service where she gained an interest in forestry and love for the native environment while living in many different areas of NZ. It also introduced her to her husband Steve.

With the changes in government departments in the 1980s she then worked for DOC before shifting back to the South Island and having 2 boys and picking up some contract work with DOC. While the boys were young she ran her own business for a time, preparing interpretive material on natural history and writing media articles and newsletters for a range of clients.

A shift to Southland provided an opportunity to work for the NZ Landcare Trust, initially coordinating the Biodiversity Southland forum working with agencies which had an interest in biodiversity, and working with farmers to gain funding to help them manage and protect biodiversity on their land. 14 years later the job had evolved to help farmers tackle the issues around land management and helping develop catchment groups so that farmers and stakeholders can work together to share their knowledge, improve land management that impacts on water quality and build resilience into rural communities. The importance of working with and supporting people through change and stressful times and has seen Janet being involved for 8 years with the Southland Rural Support Trust and known for being a founding Trustee and Coordinator.

In 2017 a shift to Canterbury has seen her continue her work with farmers and sector groups on implementing good management practices and helping communities on catchment issues. The importance of working with people, and her love of the land and the environment still drives her.

Janet your passion for the environment is noticeable and you are one agwoman who is helping make difference to the land we all farm and ensuring it will be there for generations to come. Keep up the great work.