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Restoring Canterbury's Silverstream Reserve

Just outside of Clarkville in Canterbury is Silverstream Reserve - Fifty-two acres of land named for the spring-fed stream which runs through it. The stream is clear, tranquil and significant to tangata whenua for the food it has provided for generations.

Community volunteers formed the Silverstream Reserve Advisory Group with the goal of re-establishing native vegetation to encourage native wildlife to return to the area. In June 2018, Trees That Count provided 400 trees towards their efforts, made possible by members of the public and Westpac funding trees in our marketplace

Starting with established trees to provide shelter for new growth, the first 200 trees were planted on the community’s first Arbor Day volunteer planting. Despite the miserable weather, the community came together for a 3-hour planting session bolstered by muffins and hot drinks. Together they planted 300 trees - 200 from Trees That Count, and 100 Council donated trees from nearby Gough's Nursery.

The Advisory Group holds twice-weekly working bees at the Reserve, and in early August they’re holding another community tree planting event. If you’d like to join the Group, or lend a hand at the next event, head to their Facebook page.

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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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