Waiawa Farm in Kerikeri, Northland was a dairy farm for years. But in 2017 the Calantzopoulos family purchased the farm and started work towards restoring native habitat, with help from Trees That Count.
Waiawa farm is now a beef breeding and finishing farm, with a commitment to ecological and financially sustainable practices, and a long-term plan to restore the surrounding environment.
So far, the family have employed locals to plant over 40,000 trees, with 5,000 coming from Trees That Count’s marketplace, funded by The Department of Conservation’s Community Fund.
The property includes a 3.5km stretch of the Kerikeri River, and native tree planting on the farm began last year with 7,500 native trees. These new trees will improve the river bank’s soil health, erosion control, water quality and pest control.
The contribution from Trees That Count has allowed the farm to expand planting to cover a 6-hectare grazing area, which will help create a tall canopy cover and encourage native birds back to the area.
The farm’s plan aligns closely with the Northland Regional Council’s plans, and together they’re working to compile valuable data on the health of the Kerikeri river.
Excitingly, in the next two years, the farm will open a public access track to the Kerikeri River for the whole community to enjoy.
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.
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