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New Zealanders rally to support grass-root community planting initiatives

We’re excited to be supporting community planting projects across New Zealand this year, via native trees funded through our community marketplace.

So far 17 planting groups have been supported by Trees That Count, to plant a total of 34,330 native trees!  These are just some of the wonderful projects we are helping this year:

Vision Kerikeri, who have spent around 4,500 volunteer hours so far restoring the forest and creating walking tracks around the Wairoa Stream. We're so pleased to be able to boost their efforts with another 1,000 native trees to plant this year, funded by generous Kiwis.

Taupiri Youth Group has been working hard over the last three years to clear blackberry and restore the Taupiri Mountain Bush Walkway. They have received 400 native trees to plant this year, funded by generous New Zealanders through our marketplace.

The Rata Street School Envirogroup has been working alongside local community groups since 2013 to plant hundreds of trees along the banks of the Waiwhetu Stream in Lower Hutt. They were short of funding for trees this year so we were able to step up and help them keep their planting programme going with another 200 native trees, thanks to the generous support of people who have funded of gifted trees through our marketplace.

Friends of Tūhaitara Coastal Park will receive 5,000 native trees thanks to funding from Z Energy. Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust, manages Tūhaitara Coastal Park, covering some 575 hectares along a 10.5 kilometre stretch of coastline from the Waimakariri river mouth to the township of Waikuku. The park was established as an outcome of the Ngāi Tahu Settlement with the Crown, and the Trust has a 200 year vision for the restoration of the park, which includes areas of major ecological and cultural significance and offers extensive educational and recreational opportunities.

Puke Kopipi Restoration Group are working to restore the Puke Kopipi/ Ngunguru Hill, an important landscape feature for the Ngunguru/ Tutukaka Coast Community. It sits behind the local Sports Complex and has a rough Walkway to the top with awesome views over Ngunguru Estuary and Sandspit to Bream Head, and to islands to the south. It is also a designated Tsunami Escape Route. It gives the only safe hill for people to climb for fitness. pines were removed in 2011 and a community restoration kaupapa begun to protect the natural, cultural and historic values. Volunteers are removing pest plants, restoring native plantings, arresting erosion and eventually bringing back the birds and creating an attractive Walkway, a peaceful place to walk and observe, a place of wairua. With funding from Turners another 500 trees will go into this wonderful project.

Ōtamahua /Quail Island is a 56 hectare island in Lyttelton Harbour, 15km from the centre of Christchurch. The Ōtamahua /Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust has been planting trees and eradicating predators on Ōtamahua since 1998, and the project is regarded nationally as an outstanding example of community driven conservation. The island is now predator free except for mice, and by the end of the planting season in 2017 the total number of trees planted will exceed 92,000 and cover over 24 hectares. Being free of the main mammalian predators, Ōtamahua is a safe breeding site for birds such as the korora (white-flippered penguin), kaikomako (bellbird), and kereru (wood pigeon) that are in decline at mainland sites where predators are present. The restored ecosystem acts as a nucleus for sustaining a diversity of bird species around the Lyttelton Harbour basin. We’re thrilled to be giving another 2,000 native trees to Otamahua | Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust this year, thanks to Kiwibank for funding trees through us! We’ve been supporting the Quail Island project since 2016. 

Help us to help more planting groups by funding or gifting one, 10 or 100 native trees today!


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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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