Date posted: 11/11/2022 5 min read

Planting for all our futures

A New Zealand charity aiming to preserve delicate ecosystems and increase biodiversity has received a major boost which will help it plant more seedlings and regenerate more conservation areas across the country. Brought to you by Crombie Lockwood.

Since 2000, New Zealand has lost 12 per cent of its tree cover, a total area 13 times the size of Auckland. The loss since 2013 alone has led to an extra 42.5 million tons of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

Trees for Survival is a charitable trust working with 150 schools to plant up to 150,000 native trees a year along waterways and erosion-prone hillsides to help redress the balance. It’s been responsible for an incredible two million trees being planted over the last 30 years, helping children learn about environmental issues first-hand.

Each participating school is given 1000 seeds a year, which are planted and nurtured in areas affected by soil erosion or deforestation. Six-metre-long shade houses are provided to each school to store seedlings until they’ve grown to a size where they're ready to be planted.

Insurance broker Crombie Lockwood has signed up to be a principal partner to not only support the organisation , but for staff to get outside and put some seeds into the ground themselves.

Trees for Survival national manager, Dennis Millard, says that the organisation’s involvement will mean that more children from more schools can take part.

“This aids in achieving our goals of not only regenerating our native ecology, but also gives our children the opportunity to participate in a programme that addresses their concerns of environmental damage and climate change,” he says.

A partnership planting a seed

The partnership extends a relationship between Crombie Lockwood and New Zealand’s schools stretching back 25 years. Over half of the schools in the country are insured by Crombie Lockwood through their specially tailored policies.

Sponsorship and events manager, Cam Maloney, says the team can’t wait to get stuck in.

“Our team will join the kids for their planting days. We’re very keen to get out and make a difference. It’s such a fantastic project so we’re delighted to support its aims and help preserve the great outdoors for future generations.”

Over 60,000 children have participated so far, learning about conservation, revegetation, wetland restoration and the protection of stream quality. But there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Our support will mean that we can educate more youngsters about horticulture and raise awareness around sustainability,” Cam adds. “It’s this dual outcome of education and ecology which first attracted us.”

In addition to supporting Trees for Survival, Crombie Lockwood is also the official partner of Save the Kiwi, a conservation charity committed to reducing the decline of kiwi.

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