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Outstanding Results

Hearing from landowners who want to share the success of a schools planting is one way Trees for Survival measure and share their success.  Given the best chance at survival through good site preparation, fair weather and weed clearance – the native plants that TfS schools plant have every chance of thriving and successfully establishing areas of native revegetation.  Photos from a site in south Auckland and the message from the landowner say it all…..’they grew good plants and t...

November 13, 2023

Good things take time!

We are all aware of the long term benefits of planting native plants such as the creation of ecological corridors and filtering of nutrients into waterways, so it was pretty special that at this year’s planting day, Ararimu school students had kowhai and totara trees to plant amongst the other native plants they’d nurtured at the school.  The Kowhai and Totara had been grown from seed by one of the students grandmothers whose nearby property was the site of Trees for Survival planting 2...

November 13, 2023

Give the gift of trees this Christmas

Trees for Survival national manager Phil Lyons is encouraging people to give a donation this Christmas to help their environmental education programme expand to more schools across Aotearoa New Zealand. Phil said it was wonderful to see more people choosing to give the gift of a tree or a charitable donation for birthdays, anniversaries, or Christmas in lieu of a more traditional gift.“A donation is an ideal gift for those people who seem to have everything, and a great way to show support for...

November 10, 2023

Welcome Taranaki!

Five schools in the Taranaki region were welcomed to the Trees for Survival programme in 2022 and have now completed their first cycle of growing on seedlings and  planting these out.  What a great achievement.  This year a further 6 schools have joined TfS and have been set up with their shade houses. All 11 schools will receive their seedlings in October ready for potting up. TfS have also welcomed a second TfS Facilitator to help run the growing number of Taranaki region school...

September 8, 2023

Spring is sprung

Spring is sprung..... so it must be seedling time! With planting days nearly completed for the season, potting up season is suddenly here.  A huge amount of planning  is involved to enable the dispersal of 17,360 litres of potting mix and 212,000 seedlings to 217 schools. TfS work closely with Te Whangai and Nga Rakau Nurseries for the germination of much of our eco sourced seed.  Working with nature there are always elements of the unknown to contend with, so species and plant nu...

September 6, 2023

Watering Tech

Every new school to the Trees for Survival programme is set up with a plant growing unit (PGU) that we refer to as the shade house. This is where the growing takes place for all the seedlings. Once potted up from their seedling trays to larger planting bags, the timers are set for watering and schools monitor plant growth until next planting season.  The TfS shade houses were designed by Rotary in 1991 and have undergone only minor changes since. One thing that has changed is the introducti...

September 1, 2023


The 2023 Trees for Survival planting season has seen some wonderful milestones reached which we know will inspire our partners. We have acknowledged teachers who helped run the programme in schools for 20 years,  schools who have been planting for 20+ years and we know we have Partners who have supported our schools for many years! What great commitment to revegetation, education and environmental restoration!...

August 30, 2023

Bringing back birdsong

As plants grow and mature, many of the Trees for Survival planting sites will contribute to becoming ‘stepping stones’ or ‘ecological corridors’ linking and joining areas of existing native bush.  These stopping places and linkages are vital to help birds and insects travel between larger areas of habitat and food source. With ongoing support from partners we know that every little bit helps and our actions have a positive effect....

August 21, 2023

August Planting

August Planting…….. August has been a busy month for Trees for Survival Schools with lots of schools getting out and enjoying their planting days.  During August our schools have planted 36,816 native plants! Our planting days are a chance for our Partners to get out of the office and roll up their sleeves to engage with the schools they support, together with landowners and teachers. What a great way to contribute to your environment and community!(photo by

August 16, 2023

Coromandel Peninsula

Five Coromandel Peninsula schools were welcomed to the Trees for Survival programme in 2022.  With lots of support from landowners, teachers and corporate partners, these 5 schools have completed their first season of potting up,  growing and most recently planting their year old native plants on sites ranging from riverside to steep hillside!  All of these plants will contribute to revegetation of native forest on the peninsula. Awesome work!...

August 13, 2023

We love planting waterways

Water has featured prominently in our news this year with some dramatic rain fall events around the country. Many Trees for Survival schools plant around riparian margins and overland flow paths where the native plants that the school has grown do an amazing job of shading and cooling water, filtering, slowing water flow, securing land and providing habitat and food for native wildlife. Trees for Survival partners support this fantastic initiative -  helping support important riparian reveg...

July 28, 2023

Matariki... In the Waikato

Trees for Survival were proud to join with Principal Partner Crombie Lockwood to support representatives from Ngāti Koriki Kahukura who hosted a morning celebration to acknowledge Matariki.  On the slopes of Maungatautari (Sanctuary Mountain) it was a wonderful opportunity to share and learn about the cultural significance of the Matariki star cluster and  the ties these have to our natural environment. The group shared karakia (prayer), kai (food), games, songs and finished the morni...

July 24, 2023

Fonterra joins Trees for Survival

We're happy to welcome Fonterra as a principal partner. Together we're able to support 21 schools and deliver our environmental educational programme. Fonterra’s Hapori programme has 10 committees across New Zealand offering support to regional projects so that we can make a collective impact.We look forward to sharing planting day stories with you soon.#fonterranz...

July 24, 2023

Riparian Planting

Many Trees for Survival schools plant the native plants they've grown along riparian edges.Together with committed Landowners these students are helping to protect waterways! Amazing work!#nativeplants #revegetation #environmentaleducation...

July 24, 2023

Bairds Mainfreight Primary School Planting Day

It was the first Trees for Survival planting day for Bairds Mainfreight Primary School and they planted all of the 789 native plants they had grown and nurtured! Awesome work! Thank you Macpac who sponsor the school in the programme and the students and landowners involved - what a successful day!#nativetrees #environmentaleducation+22...

July 24, 2023

Planting Days in June

In June, Trees for Survival Schools planted 34,142 native plants that were grown and nurtured by students in their TfS shade house -  bringing our 2023 total native plant count to 51,802 so far.  Of the native plants grown and nurtured by Trees for Survival schools the majority of our plants this year have been Ti Kouka (cabbage tree), Manuka,  Harakeke (Flax), and Karamu (Coprosma).  By partnering with Trees or Survival we’re helping NZ students learn about and engage with...

July 24, 2023

Planting Days in May

The Trees for Survival planting season is well underway with lots of schools enjoying the settled May weather for their planting days. In May, Trees for Survival Schools planted 17,660 native plants that were grown and nurtured by students in their TfS shadehouse.  It is wonderful to have 201  volunteers including support from many of our partners help 1,015 students from 33 schools with their planting. Thank you for being involved, supporting and getting your hands dirty or helping ot...

June 7, 2023

Sustainable Schools Auckland

Yesterday, ākonga at Milford Primary spent the morning planting ~700 natives along Brigham Creek to help maintain the health of it's stream & local biodiversity.They are part of the Trees for Survival programme who not only facilitate the planting days but provide seeds to schools who grow the saplings themselves 🌱...

June 2, 2023

Horahora School Cambridge

Today we planted our Trees for Survival plants on a local farm. The plants we planted, we got as tiny seedlings last September, potted on into bags and have grown and nurtured until today. We have usually planted our plants later in the year but it is great to get them into the ground to get established before spring on such a beautiful autumn day. Staff, and students with help from some parents spent a couple of hours planting about 600 plants on a steep sidling. We are proud to be helping...

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