We’re excited to report that this years Corporate Tree Planting Challenge, in celebration of World Environment Day, was a huge success with more locations and teams across New Zealand than ever before! Held on Friday the 1st June in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and in sites across Australia on the 5th June, our corporate volunteers achieved amazing results with a grand total of 3,921 trees planted across New Zealand in just a couple of hours.
The competition was fierce in New Zealand, with 11 teams competing to plant the greatest number of native grasses, shrubs and trees that they could, within a two hour period. Our corporate green thumbs from 2 Degrees, BASF, Bridgestone, Lion and NIB planted 1,703 native plants at Te Whanake/Pt. England Reserve in Auckland. In Wellington, Lion, Z Energy, OMV and Landcorp put 718 trees in the ground on a very tricky site on Mt. Victoria while in Christchurch, Lion and Switched On Group planted a whopping 1,500 trees by Kaputahi Creek on Belfast Road.
“This amazing contribution from our corporate supporters will go a long way towards improving the environmental health of these parks, reserves and waterways. Native trees filter contaminants before they reach our waterways, as well as provide shade, food and habitat for our native species. The participation of these teams has also assisted us in raising funds so that we can continue to do this important work. We are very pleased with the environmental outcomes from this year’s event and can’t wait to have everyone back again next year” says Siobhan O’Grady, Conservation Volunteers Corporate Partnership Manager.
Congratulations to the following teams who took away the winning title for their site by providing both quality and quantity in their planting:
- Auckland – 2 Degrees
- Wellington – OMV
- Christchurch – Switched On Group
If your team are interested in getting involved in future events please contact us at [email protected]