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Canterbury school creates outdoor classroom

Mayfield School was gifted 200 native trees by Trees That Count after winning the Forest & Bird and Kiwi Conservation Club competition to make their ‘Outdoor Classroom’ idea a reality.

During the first few months of 2018, Trees That Count ran a competition in conjunction with Forest & Bird and the Kiwi Conservation Club to help raise awareness of the important role of native trees in climate change. There were 500 native trees up for grabs for a community or school planting in winter 2018.

The winner of the competition was Mayfield School in Canterbury. The school was gifted 200 trees for their impressive outdoor classroom project, which were funded into the Trees That Count Marketplace by Westpac.

Despite being a school project, there was a real sense of community with all the help and assistance the school received at their working bees, creating a place where tamariki can learn how to plant, care for and understand the importance of trees in their community.

For 30 years, Forest & Bird have coordinated the Kiwi Conservation Club and connected Kiwi kids to New Zealand’s amazing wildlife and wild places. The club boasts over 5,000 members throughout New Zealand. Find out more about the club on their Facebook.

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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