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Trees for Survival

We believe the key to a sustainable environment in the future is educating and involving the younger generation. We’ve teamed up with Trees for Survival to help schoolchildren make a difference.

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What is Trees for Survival?

Trees for Survival is a national environmental education program. Kids grow and plant native trees to restore natural, biodiverse habitats and help landowners revegetate erosion-prone land and improve stream flow and water quality.

Two children carrying a tree

For over a decade, we’ve provided local Hūnua schools (Paparimu, Hūnua, Ararimu, Ardmore and Clevedon) with thousands of trays of native seedlings. The pupils raise the seedlings over a year, then plant them at local rural properties.  The main species schools are planting through Trees for Survival are mānuka, harakeke (flax), tī kōuka (cabbage tree) and karamū. These species are particularly tough and hardy, so they effectively help protect against erosion on steep sections of land.

How you can get involved

Our staff regularly volunteer to take part in the planting programme, and you can too. If you're interested in signing up your school, volunteering as an individual or putting your land forward for a regeneration project, register your interest via the Trees For Survival website.