The future of this planet is in the hands of our children and to avoid repeating the mistakes of our past we must teach future generations how important trees are for our survival.
Trees for Survival (TfS) is a Charitable Trust introduced to New Zealand by PDG Noel Holyoake and adopted by the Rotary Club of Pakuranga with the first three trial units established in 1991. By 1994 TfS had grown too big for the club to administer and the Trees for Survival Trust was formed. Rotary however still have a pivotal role in TfS nationally, providing local support to schools and building the community partnerships so vital to Trees for Survival’s success.
Trees for Survival – children growing our future – is a programme designed to involve children in learning about trees and how important they are for our future. The objective of ‘more children planting more trees’ helps to control soil erosion, safeguard water quality, regulate stream flow, increase biodiversity, control greenhouse gases and to restore and beautify landscapes.
The Trees for Survival programme has continued to grow and there are now over 165 schools throughout New Zealand, with each year more than 5,000 children planting approximately 70,000 trees per year. A feature of the programme is community partnership – bringing together different organisations and individuals working together to protect our environment. In the school community children, teachers, parents and grandparents work with a sponsor (Rotary, or local business), the local council, and landowners – a partnership with the common goal of making a difference to our ‘at risk’ landscape.
How can you help?
Become a Sponsor – Service and Community groups such as Rotary can encourage local businesses to fund and support the TfS programme in local schools by covering the initial set-up costs and the ongoing annual cost of providing support, resources, materials and equipment to maintain the school’s Plant Growing Unit (PGU). This community partnership provides school students with a practical environmental education and the opportunity to learn about our native flora, grow and plant trees and to discover how important plants are to our future.
It is also a way a Rotary Club can take a leading role in its community by taking on an environmental project.
Download the Brochure – About Trees for Survival
Many Councils throughout New Zealand have expressed their support for the Trees for Survival (TfS) programme. The level of support varies from council to council but in general TfS falls within delegated council responsibilities ie: promoting environmental sustainability and support for schools.
Supporting Councils are:
Councils may agree to assist schools by giving horticultural advice, identifying suitable planting sites, providing seedlings to grow and plant or other assistance as agreed between the parties.
Trees for Survival (TfS) School Sponsors are:
Rotary Club of Albany
Rotary Club of Auckland (Inc)
Rotary Club of Auckland East (Inc)
Rotary Club of Birkenhead
Rotary Club of Botany East Tamaki (Inc)
Rotary Club of Brown’s Bay
Rotary Club of Devonport
Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland (Inc)
Rotary Club of Drury (Inc)
Rotary Club of East Coast Bays
Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise
Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay (Inc)
Rotary Club of Henderson
Rotary Club of Howick (Inc)
Rotary Club of Kumeu
Rotary Club of Mount Maunganui
Rotary Club of Mt Eden (Inc)
Rotary Club of Newmarket
Rotary Club of Northcote
Rotary Club of Otahuhu (Inc)
Rotary Club of Otumoetai
Rotary Club of Pakuranga
Rotary Club of Papamoa
Rotary Club of Papatoetoe West (Inc)
Rotary Club of Paraparaumu
Rotary Club of Parnell
Rotary Club of Penrose (Inc)
Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast (Inc)
Rotary Club of Remuera (Inc)
Rotary Club of Riccarton
Rotary Club of Somerville Howick (Inc)
Rotary Club of South Wairarapa
Rotary Club of St Johns (Inc)
Rotary Club of Tauranga
Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise
Rotary Club of Tauranga Te Papa
Rotary Club of Waitakere City
Rotary Club of Waiuku (Inc)
Rotary Club of Warkworth
COMMERCIAL AND OTHER
Accor Hotels NZ
AgriLINK New Zealand Ltd
Aqua Clear Products
Auckland Savings Bank
Buckland School PTA
Dept of Conservation (Taranaki)
Dilworth Rural Campus
Fonterra Grass Roots Fund
Fonterra (Te Awamutu)
Fonterra (Te Rapa)
G J Gardner
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge
Lower Mangapiko Streamcare Group
Manaia Properties Ltd
New World Victoria Market
Novotel Auckland Airport
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Summerset Group Holdings
Taura Natural Ingredients
Tauranga City Council
Tetra Pak (NZ) Ltd
Tony Powell – Landowner
Waikato River Authority
Wallace Corporation Ltd
Watercare Services Ltd
Wellington Central Charitable Trust
BOARDS OF TRUSTEES
St Francis School (Thames)
St Peter’s School (Cambridge)
Tirau Primary School
Thames South School
Waiheke Primary School
Trees for Survival (TfS) gratefully acknowledges our Foundation Supporters.
Become a Trees for Survival Supporter: Read more>>
AccorHotels New Zealand, in partnership with Trees for Survival, are working together to help restore New Zealand’s natural heritage. Every time a guest chooses to reuse their towel during their stay, AccorHotels donates to Trees for Survival. This initiative is part of the AccorHotels global Plant for the Planet programme, planting 1 tree per minute worldwide.
It’s not easy being green, but State is going there and doing so by encouraging their customers online to save paper and our environment. Going greener still, State has pledged to support Trees for Survival plant more trees and give more children the chance to interact with nature through the Trees for Survival programme.
Since its foundation Trees for Survival has enjoyed the support of of Multistrut Industries which provides warehousing and an office and Yates which provides potting mix for all our schools.
It has been a flourishing partnership over the last five years between Trees for Survival and Carbon4Good.
Together, many successful projects have been completed including the 100 tonne challenge where enough trees were planed to offset 100 tonnes of carbon. Read about C4G here >>.
NZ STEEL has been a longtime supporter of Trees for Survival particularly in its support of schools in the Franklin area.
NZ STEEL has also provided annual funding to the nationwide programme and was the major funder of the Secondary Schools Resource Kit (2008) used by teachers in approximately 80 schools throughout the country as well as being the major funder of the recent website upgrade.
NZ STEEL is playing a vital role in continuing to educate generations of school children about caring for our environment through supporting active, meaningful, hands-on learning as well as supporting local land managers to protect natural waterways.
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View images of sites planted in association with Trees for Survival here.
Planting your land can make a difference!
There are 162 (May 2014) Trees for Survival (TfS) schools throughout New Zealand distributed throughout the fifteen TfS regions.
The TfS Kowhai School Awards recognise schools which are outstanding in their achievement of the aims and objectives of the TfS programme. See the 2013 list of TfS Kowhai Schools.
Region Number of Schools Auckland 73 Bay of Plenty (inc Tauranga) 11 Canterbury 1 Gisborne 0 Hawkes Bay 3 Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) 18 Marlborough 1 Northland 5 Otago 1 Southland 0 Taranaki 3 Tasman (incl Nelson) 5 Waikato 30 West Coast 0 Wellington 11
Most TfS schools are fully supported by a School Sponsor but a number are not. Any group or organization wishing to be a School Sponsor of an unsupported school should in the first instance discuss this with the school and then make contact with the National Manager.
Each supported school has a partnership agreement which outlines the agreed responsibilities of the school, its School Sponsor, the local Council where appropriate and TfS Management.
You can see photographs of TfS activity in the Photo gallery.