Community groups spreading the red for 2016
Communities all around New Zealand will plant almost 5,000 eco-sourced pohutukawa and rata trees, as recipients of support from Project Crimson’s Crimson Trees programme.
Each year Project Crimson’s Crimson Trees programme reviews applications and supplies eco-sourced trees to groups and individuals around New Zealand who aspire to create a long-term benefit to their local community through conservation projects involving pohutukawa and rata.
Established in 1990 Project Crimson has made impressive progress re-establishing pohutukawa and rata nationwide by planting trees, coordinating and supporting a wide range of maintenance activities, scientific research, possum control programmes and public education.
Project Crimson’s Conservation Manager, Caroline Wallace said the high quality of applications reflects a growing knowledge and understanding of this important national icon.
“Project Crimson’s model of working at a community level to energise people around the protection of native ecosystems has been both enduring and inspiring. Crimson Trees aims to engage communities in the importance of the work, educate and advise them, provide support as a catalyst and encourage self sufficiency. For some of the projects we are proud to have provided support for years, where others only require assistance for a short time frame” adds Caroline.