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Lyttleton couple help bring tūī back after four decades

When Vicki and Mike bought their 9 acre Lyttleton block in 2014, they wanted to regenerate the land to attract tūī and other native fauna back to the area. With help from Trees That Count, Just four years later, their hard work is paying off.

With funding received through the Trees That Count marketplace from Tauranga tech-business SwipedOn, Trees That Count was able to provide 1,000 native trees to Mike and Vicki, who do all the planting themselves with help from family. Their land is very visible to local residents and borders Major Hornbrook Reserve. This means that any native planting undertaken increases available wildlife habitat and increases biodiversity for both the reserve and the block.

Vicki and Mike are already seeing the rewards of their hard work, with sightings of tūī on the property this winter. Reportedly, tūī haven’t been seen in the Lyttelton area for four decades.
It has given the couple a real boost to witness these new visitors.

Their goals for 2018 are to continue native tree planting and to give local Lyttleton wildlife and residents a beautiful landscape. A major planting day is planned for the end of August, to which friends and neighbours are invited. The planting day has become a regular annual fixture, with the day’s hard work celebrated with a curry at the end of the day.

Trees That Count is New Zealand’s only community marketplace connecting native-tree planters with funders.  The conservation charity counts the number of native trees being planted by groups, individuals and agencies throughout the country, and helps increase this number by encouraging donations from business, philanthropy and the public. 

By counting the native trees planted, we can measure the collective impact on climate change and improve the environment. Since its launch in 2016, more than 18 million native trees have been added to the count, and more than 150,000 native trees funded.

Join us today by funding or planting native trees!


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Trees That Count aims to create a national movement to plant millions of native trees to mitigate climate change. We're managed by the Project Crimson Trust in partnership with the Tindall Foundation.

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