What is Trees for Survival?

The Trees for Survival programme is run by the TfS Charitable Trust which promotes the growing and planting of native trees and shrubs to restore natural environments.

The programme was started in 1991 by the Rotary Club of Pakuranga and was based on a similar concept that was operating in Australia at the time.

The TfS programme is an environmental and educational programme and is designed to involve primary, intermediate and secondary students who learn about trees by growing and planting them to restore land that is under threat.

Each year students grow up to 1,000 trees in a specially designed Plant Growing Unit (PGU) or shade house located at their school. When the trees are ready they are planted at a site which has been identified as needing restoration.

By planting these trees school students assist to

  • control soil erosion
  • safeguard water quality and improve stream flow
  • provide new habitats for native birds as well as other plants and animals
  • secure and beautify the landscape
  • mitigate emissions by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
  • renew a natural resource.

The diagram above shows how the programme creates community partnerships by engaging schools, community groups such as service clubs, councils, landowners, business sponsors and volunteers who all work together to protect our environmental heritage.