The Coastal Highway alongside the Waimea estuary is set to benefit from an additional 5,000 trees, thanks to Z and the community planting effort of the Tasman Environmental Trust.
The trees were donated by Trees that Count, as part of an initiative with Z service stations nationwide. For a 24 hour period in July 2017, Z contributed 6 cents from every litre of fuel sold, to Trees That Count. Nelson was one of four regions selected as recipients of the donated trees.
The Mapua section of highway will include plantings of kahikatea, rimu and kanuka. The Tasman District Council purchased the land after the highway was built, with the aim of community restoration of the area. The area was previously swamp land, covered with blackberry and gorse, but now over 30,000 natives have been planted on the six hectare area. Community members have a ten year plan to plant out 60,000 natives, so the 5,000 tree injection was a real boost.
Gillian Bishop, Tasman Environmental Trust chair, said “1,000 trees would be planted in the Dominion Flats Reserve and the other 4,000 trees would be planted across the road at Higgs Reserve.”
When asked about Z’s generous donation of native trees, Z chief executive, Mike Bennetts said "Customers have told us that they love the idea of reforesting parts of New Zealand and that they want us to be involved, as a small step to combating climate change."