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Steve soldiers on for his paper road

This planting season, Steven Lawrie single-handedly planted 2000 mānuka trees in hard clay soil in under two weeks, even though “at times this old man's back was aching”.

The public paper road has served five generations of families to access the back blocks of Northland, and will soon be used as an access way for the community to enjoy the Mahurangi river.

Trees That Count provided Steve with the mānuka trees, which were funded into our marketplace by the Department of Corrections Nurseries.

As part of his efforts, Steve even devised a special tool from a totara tree branch to dig where the soil was particularly hard. “It became the perfect tool as the seedling plants lodged perfectly in the hole making for a better survival rate on the windy slope,” says Steve.

Steve’s commitment is part of his wider goals to look after the area. “My family owns the adjoining property and has never been much into supporting environmental issues or planting in advance to accommodate the ever increasing change in our climate. Now I’m on site, it’s a priority for me.”


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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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