Our Patron, Sir Stephen Tindall, has been instrumental in the establishment of Trees That Count
Sir Stephen was the initiator of the Trees That Count programme, which aims to oversee the planting of millions of native trees throughout New Zealand. The Tindall Foundation contracted Project Crimson to run Trees That Count and has provided more than $2 million to this project to date.
Additionally, Sir Stephen Tindall funded more than $1 million to another Project Crimson led project, Living Legends, which saw hundreds of thousands of native trees planted during New Zealand’s hosting of Rugby World Cup 2011.
Sir Stephen’s vision and passion for Trees That Count has been vital. He was the first to recognise the value of our approach, and as well as his funding support through the Tindall Foundation he has been one of the strongest advocates for the work we are doing.
His personal encouragement is seeing businesses becoming more actively involved in planting native trees to off-set the environmental impacts of their activities, alongside the community groups, schools and individuals already carrying out planting projects.
Sir Stephen has described planting more native trees as a “tangible, achievable activity that any New Zealander could get involved with."
“It’s something anyone can do – plant a native tree in your backyard, gift a native tree to celebrate something, pop down to your local school and help out with a tree planting day – but it also scales up. Our business sector could get involved, planting trees on a large scale to offset their carbon usage, or simply to give back to New Zealand.”