Queenstown’s power couple of conservation, Barbara and Neill Simpson (above), have been bestowed with Rotary’s highest honour.

The founders of the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust were made Paul Harris Fellows by the club’s resort branch at its ‘change-over night’ at Bazaar restaurant late last month.

The fellowships recognised their contribution over 40 years to ecology, botany and environmental education in the Whakatipu Basin and beyond.

The club also presented Hans Arnestedt and Helen and Tom McPhail with certificates of appreciation for their voluntary work for the trust, and made a $1000 donation.

Barbara says the fellowships were ‘‘very unexpected’’, and she was surprised at how much information the club unearthed about the many different projects they had been involved with over the years.

Neill is a past member of Rotary in Reefton and Queenstown, she says.