Native trees do so much more than look good. These beautiful specimens help reduce our impact on climate change, give our unique wildlife a home and help restore our waterways.
So far we've funded the planting of 56,698 trees for 64 community planting groups across the country.
Putting down roots around Aotearoa
We're especially proud of the National Welcome Forest – Te Waonui a Tāne that we've helped create in Queenstown with Trees That Count, the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust and the local community.
This permanent forest of 1,000 native trees is a symbol of manaakitanga for new migrants.
It welcomes and acknowledges them, and it's a place where they can put down roots by planting a tree in their own name.
The forest creates a place of beauty for all locals and visitors while reducing the impact of carbon emissions and supporting a home for native birds and insects.
Growing into the future
Three other projects will become part of the National Welcome Forest – Te Waonui a Tāne this year, each with a thousand trees that we're funding.
In Christchurch, trees are being planted in the Turners Road Forest, where Trees That Count has previously provided trees gifted by Kiwis as a memorial to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
An initial Auckland location, hopefully one of many, is at Ōrere Point, in a native planting project being undertaken by the Fourforty Mountain Bike Park.