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Ōtamahua has a bright future to match its interesting history

Having been a food gathering site, a farm, a leper colony and a site where dogs were trained for Antarctic expeditions, the small island in Lyttleton Harbour is in good hands with the Ōtamahua / Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust looking after its future.

The 2018 planting season was a significant event for the Ōtamahua / Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust as it marked 20 years since they planted their first tree in 1998.

In August, over 160 volunteers helped with planting 3,000 trees in nine days, bringing the total number of trees planted since 1998 to over 95,000. Trees that Count have been supporting the Trust for three years, with funding from to The Tindall Foundation in 2016 and Kiwibank in 2017 and 2018.

The Trust has three or four years of bulk planting remaining, using “shelter” species like kānuka and kōhūhū. After bulk planting is finished, their focus will shift to interplanting earlier planting sites from 10-15 years ago, to increase diversity.

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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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