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Applying for native trees

Find out more about the types of projects we support at Trees That Count, and get some tips for your application.

Things to bear in mind

  • Applications for free trees from our marketplace for 2020 planting projects are now closed, but are open for 2021 and 2022 planting projects.  We have received a large number of applications for free trees for 2021 so are currently over-subscribed.  We are still inviting applications for 2021 at this stage as the marketplace is constantly shifting,  but are currently limited as to how many new applications we will be able to support.

  • We only support permanent native forest projects, or plantings which will provide significant biodiversity outcomes and/or enhance community wellbeing/recreation.

  • The available trees we have to give away changes daily depending on the funding received. We may not be able to help you immediately, but we’ll keep your application open if it meets our criteria, in case we can support you in the future – so please apply for what you need so we can see the demand which exists from the planting community.
  • The minimum number of trees we will fund is 150 trees.
  • Any type of landowner is able to apply for trees, but we don’t support private landscaping projects or provide trees for your home garden.
  • You must show a track record of having planted a minimum of 100 native trees to be eligible to apply for trees.
  • You will need to provide us with a planting plan to be eligible for free native trees.
  • You must first add all the trees you have already planted to our "count" before the "apply for trees" button will become active.
  • We only fund trees or shrubs that are capable of reaching 5m in height. Check out the common species here.
  • We don’t provide direct cash funding, instead, we usually pay your preferred nursery direct, unless you have your own community nursery in which case you can invoice us.
  • Once you have registered with us, please feel free to contact one of our Regional Advisors throughout New Zealand who can help you with site specific and technical advice.
  • We will normally fund up to half the number of trees you are planning to plant in a given year, we don't typically fully fund a planting project. We also assess the number of trees we'll provide based on the number of trees that you have planted in the past, so for example if you’ve planted 200 trees so far, it’s unlikely we would support an application for 5,000 trees.
  • Native trees you plant need to be endemic to your area, and eco-sourced.
  • You will be required to provide us with monitoring data about the trees we fund so we can ensure they are well cared for. It’s simple, and we have resources to help if it’s your first time monitoring.
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We are delighted to be helping planters all over New Zealand establish permanent native forest or restore patches in their community.

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