Barrington added up all the wood he'd used in his life and decided it was time to put a bit back.

For some people this means minimising their use of plastic bags. For Barrington it meant planting a forest.

On his property he's planted five thousand native plants, including many trees like totara, beech and matai.

The local council is so impressed it will probably make it a reserve.

Once down the ecological track there was no stopping him…he was last seen potting up bits of steel filings to grow his own nails.