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About Trees That Count

Protecting our environment is a job for all of us

We want to mobilise New Zealanders to plant millions more native trees. For 2017 we want to see one tree planted for every New Zealander, that’s 4.7 million trees.  

Our live native tree count is a New Zealand first and currently the only website recording native tree plantings nationwide. With time, this will make it possible to measure the collective impact of the great work that Kiwis do for our environment.  But it's also about planting trees that count – for restoring and enhancing our environment, for biodiversity, for climate change.  Native trees.

Every Kiwi can play their part in slowing down climate change and protecting our environment. Join the movement to plant and look after millions more trees for generations to come. 

This is just the beginning

In November 2016, Trees That Count was launched. This was the first step in an ambitious plan to create a movement where Kiwis unite to help restore and enhance our environment and make a difference to climate change.

Funded by The Tindall Foundation, and delivered by the Project Crimson Trust in partnership with Pure Advantage and the Department of Conservation, Trees That Count aims to keep a live count of the number of native trees being planted across the country from 2017 and to set a new target each year thereafter.

We’re also offering valuable resource by way of technical and planting advice, connecting planters to land and trees, assisting with campaigns for specific planting projects and enabling Kiwis to be able to donate or gift native trees.

But there's more to come! We're working on a number of resources for people who are undertaking native planting programmes, and ways to increase native tree planting throughout New Zealand. 

Our planting projects

In 2016 we worked with 20 groups to plant 75,000 native trees. You can check these out here. Through these projects not only were we able to kick-start the count with 75,000 trees but we have also built partnerships, established monitoring systems, and created a basis for ongoing testing and learning across a range of ecosystem and land ownership types.

We're continuing to work with these groups to maintain the plantings from 2016, and in some cases to support further plantings with public generosity through our gifting or donation programmes.

Currently, all funds raised will be supporting the planting of native trees at Tūhaitara Coastal Park in North Canterbury on ANZAC Day.  We're aiming to raise 2,000 trees for this project. You can read more about this project here. Once we reach our target we'll announce the next project we are supporting.