100,000 annual plantings possible

Don Roa gets busy in the field

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“There is an old proverb,” says, Don Roa TfS National Manager, “that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the next best time is now.”

Trees for Survival, founded in 1991 by the Rotary Club of Pakuranga and supported by Rotary Clubs of New Zealand, has been planting native trees to combat erosion, improve water quality and regulate water flow, increase native biodiversity and offset carbon usage for more than 20 years. In 2010, TfS proudly announced the planting of its 1,000,000th tree!

Don says, “With 152 schools nationwide we are seeing a steady increase in plantings from our supported schools with planting totals of 59,827 (2011), 63,575 (2012) and 68,302 (2013).

How do we achieve the 100,000 per annum target?”

TfS will continue to recruit new schools, supported by sponsors, into the programme thus ensuring the rising generations have an opportunity to participate in a practical, healthy, outdoor environmental activity that enables them to learn and appreciate their responsibility in taking ownership, responsibility and care of our environment.

As a member of the Te Awaroa working party led by Dame Anne Salmond and a participant in other waterways projects including the Waikato River Restoration, TfS continuously seeks additional funding to hasten the growth and expand the programme to ensure every community has a school actively participating in planting native trees and especially in riparian planting that will assist in the cleansing of our waterways.

Is there a corporate sponsor wanting to be actively engaged in doing good, enhancing their brand image, leading change by encouraging other organisations to step up and contribute to cleaning up our waterways?

Many years of experience has shown that the TfS programme is the cheapest way of getting large numbers of trees in the ground.

Let’s grow trees together!

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