Arbor Day planting record

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn residents are being asked to be part of a record-setting attempt: to plant the largest number of native trees in New Zealand in one day.

The challenge comes from Trees That Count, a conservation group which aims to inspire New Zealanders to plant 4.7 million native trees in 2017. 

The event will be held on Arbor Day which is on Monday June 5.

Trees That Count project director Tanya Hart said the Arbor Day campaign provides an opportunity for everyone to make a substantial impact.

“We’re aiming to get more than 10,000 trees pledged and planted for Arbor Day, which also happens to be a public holiday,” Ms Hart said. 

“With almost 9,000 trees pledged so far, we’re well on the way to success, but we’d love for more Kiwis to get their hands dirty. There’s never been a record set for this before, and we want to set the bar high so we can do even better next year.”

Ms Hart said planting native trees helps restore and enhance New Zealand’s environment, by creating habitats for native birds and insects, and encouraging clean air and waterways.

“Crucially, it also makes a difference to climate health in New Zealand by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” she said. 

“If every Kiwi plants just one native tree, whether at a community planting event or in their back garden, this small action will have a major effect against climate change.” 

For more on how to get involved go to www.treesthatcount.co.nz. The website features a live counting tally of planting activity that will enable people to keep up with the Arbor Day tally, and progress towards the 2017 goal of 4.7 million trees planted.