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Motivated dairy farmers on a mission to plant natives

After successful planting in July of 2018, Cheddar Valley Farms is eager to continue this momentum going into the 2019 planting season. Tom, owner of the family run farm, is on a mission to put sustainability at the forefront of their decisions. The Houston’s are taking responsibility to care for their land and believe the agriculture industry needs to change. 

The farm is located on the edge of the beautiful Ohiwa Harbour. Gullys line the land, which lead into streams and wetland areas, that then feed into the harbour.

Being aware of the negative impacts sediment has on water quality and aquatic life, effort has been put toward fencing and planting around streams, wetlands, seepage areas and steep hill country, to reduce these effects. Being located on the Ohiwa Harbour, a hotspot for threatened wetland and saltmarsh birdlife, the more trees the better.

The family have made a significant start on their project. The next steps in their ambitious plan include more planting around the slopes of gullies to reduce the effect of erosion and landslides.

Through Trees That Count via a range of funders, including Z Energy’s significant contribution, Cheddar Valley Farms have received 600 trees to plant. This will support the Houston’s work towards their mission to revolutionise farming, making it more sustainable and eco-friendly. This determined family is changing the face of agriculture while increasing New Zealand’s native tree count. Trees That Count are proud to be involved in this planting effort!