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Cheddar Valley Farm owners plant to revive the land

Cheddar Valley Farm is a small dairy farm on the edge of Ohiwa Harbour in the Bay of Plenty. The farm has new owners - a family that keenly feels their responsibility for the land and the effects of dairy farming on our natural environment.

Trees That Count is helping the family restore the land, native bush and waterways which were damaged by years of intensive farming. The farm’s goal is to have the native bush work seamlessly with everyday farm operations.

This July, the family planted 300 trees from Trees That Count, made possible by members of the public funding trees in our marketplace. These were added to over 1,000 trees which have been planted by the family in the last two years. The new trees will be maintained by the farm manager and family, who will work to keep animals out of planted areas and remove pest plants such as blackberry and exotic grasses.

In the future, the family is keen to reduce the number of cows they have, produce their own milk and dairy products, and grow organic fruit and vegetables.

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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