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Birkenhead Primary School Growing Kaitiaki on the North Shore

Birkenhead Primary School is in the heart of Auckland’s semi-industrial North Shore. And, despite being surrounded by buildings, the school has its own native reserve and a genuine commitment to looking after the environment.

Birkenhead has been part of the Enviroschool programme for 10 years, which is a shared kaupapa for schools focussed on sustainability, biculturalism and community-building. The school’s tamariki tend a large orchard, vegetable gardens, composting and a worm farm.

For the past three years, the school community has been working to construct a sheltered walking track around their field, and contribute to the North-West Wildlink so native birds can travel safely across Auckland. Needing more help, the school applied to Trees That Count for trees to act as windbreakers along the track.

Thanks to members of the public funding or gifting trees into the organisation’s digital ‘tree marketplace’, Trees That Count provided 100 trees towards the project. Throughout August, all the trees were planted in community planting days which included tamariki who will take care of their trees for the future.

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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