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Volunteers rally to plant thousands of trees in Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park

Deep in the western hills of Wellington, lies Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park. Famed for its outstanding mountain bike tracks that traverse through dense native forest it’s no wonder the area is popular not only with locals, but attracts riders from overseas as well.

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park volunteers have converted the gorse covered hills into an award-winning conservation area over the past 20 years by planting more than 40,000 natives. They continue to create tracks, undertake pest control and this year received a massive injection to their planting programme with 5,000 native trees donated by Trees That Count. 

Funding for the trees was made possible through a partnership between Trees That Count and Z Energy. Over 24 hours in July, Z donated 6 cents from every litre of fuel sold to Trees That Count. This has enabled Trees That Count to assist six groups to plant a total of 25,000 trees across New Zealand.

Volunteers from Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park rallied to get the 5,000 trees into the ground, calling on corporate groups, Scout clubs, local Karori residents as well as their own members.

“Receiving the 5,000 trees has been a wonderful boost to our planting programme and we’re so thankful to all of the volunteers who helped to get these trees into the ground. Typically, we plant around 1,000 trees a year, so you could say we’ve managed 5 years work in just a few weeks,” says Simon Kennett, Vice-Chair of Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park Supporters.  

Trees That Count Project Director, Tanya Hart said “Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is an outstanding area for both recreation and conservation in Wellington, so we are thrilled we’ve been able to boost the group’s planting programme. They are a committed bunch of volunteers, and worked hard to get these trees into the ground, which will benefit visitors to the area for generations to come.”

“We are proud to play a part in supporting the great work that community conservation groups do every year. Planting a native tree is something every Kiwi can do to help mitigate climate change.”