Crimson Trees

Project Crimson supports groups and individuals throughout New Zealand who aspire to create a long-term benefit to their local community through conservation projects involving eco-sourced pohutukawa and northern or southern rata trees.

Project Crimson identifies areas throughout New Zealand that have a high need for restoration, and engages local champions to assist us on the ground with revegetation of eco-sourced pohutukawa or rata.  If you have a project you think we may be interested in, please email our Conservation Manager.

Because of the threat of myrtle rust we didn’t distribute trees in 2017, but you can read the stories of some of the groups we supported in 2016 below.

Friends of the Waikanae River

A regular recipient stretching bacFriends of the Waikanae River (2)k to 2001, Friends of the Waikanae River have worked tirelessly to restore the banks and surrounding areas of the Waikanae River on the Kapiti Coast, making a truly noticeable difference.

In 2016 the group received 30 northern rata to allow these efforts to continue. They continue to receive support from Kapiti Coast District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and will be applying in future years which exemplifies their commitment to this project.

Nga Ururoa

Nga UruroaA charitable trust, Nga Ururoa was set up in 1997 to reverse the drastic decline of coastal forest.  They aim to create a continuous ribbon of bird-safe native forest from Porirua through to Waikanae and tap into the phenomenal success of pest control on Kāpiti and Mana Islands – bringing back tui, bellbirds, kereru, kaka and kakariki.

Project Crimson continues to support these efforts, and in 2016 provided 20 northern rata to the cause. The duration of the project is ongoing, with many of their efforts already noticeable to the many people who walk the new Te Araroa trail.

Paikea-Whitireia Trust

One of the longest serving recipients of Project Crimson plants and funds, Peter Gibson has done some phenomenal work around Gisborne and the East Coast. Dating back to 2000, Peter and the Paikea-Whitireia Trust continue to develop and restore coastal locations and hillsides, particularly around marae areas. Project Crimson is proud of this ongoing association and has provided 300 pohutukawa in 2016.

Brooklyn Trail Builders

Brooklyn Trail Builders1A community group with an appetite for larger scale planting, Brooklyn Trail Builders have been working to restore native trees in Polhill Reserve in Aro Valley, Wellington.

Aiming to return a more authentic eco-system, the group receive great support from Wellington City Council and Forest & Bird in terms of plants and manpower. Project Crimson provided 200 northern rata in 2016 which will assist these efforts in a huge way.

Friends of the Otaki River Inc

Friends of the Otaki River, Nursery Manager Gloria Thurley, preparing to plant a Project Crimson Northern rata at the Otaki RivWorking hard with Project Crimson support for over five years, the Friends of the Otaki River received 20 northern rata in 2016.

As the name describes, the group is based in Otaki and come together every Sunday to restore and revegetate the areas surrounding the Otaki River.

They plant approximately 5000 – 6000 plants annually and also grow some of their own eco-sourced native plants in their nursery for river restoration projects.

Stuart Park Restoration Project

Stuart Park RestorationThe Stuart Park Reserve in Titahi Bay, Porirua has been the focal point of restoration for this group since 2013, with the aim to remove gorse and restore native plants and habitat for birds and lizards.

With a survival rate of 90%, the various ridges of the coastal reserve are continuing to be restored with great success.

Project Crimson provided the Stuart Park Restoration Project with 150 northern rata in 2016 which will assist in the restoration of the area and these were planted alongside various local families, scout groups and Mary Potter Hospice staff.

Aro Valley Restoration Project

Denis Asher and his Aro Valley Restoration Project team have been working hard to restore the Aro Valley area for some time. Project Crimson came onboard in 2014 and continues to provide plants to aid efforts. In 2016, Project Crimson has provided 200 northern rata to continue replenishing the town belt in Aro Valley, Wellington.

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park Supporters

makara-peak-mtbA recipient since 2001, Euan Galloway and his Makara Peak Mountain Bike Supporters have been working incredibly hard to reforest the area around Makara Peak in Karori, Wellington mostly for the benefit of mountain bikers in the region.

The difference 16 years down the track is incredible and the group show no signs of letting up, applying for and receiving 200 northern rata in 2016.

The ultimate aim? Create a world class mountain bike park enveloped in a restored native forest.

OKU Reserve Group

Peter Sperlich OKU group smA familiar name in Project Crimson circles, the OKU Reserve Group received 35 northern rata in 2016.

Located between Owhiro and Island Bays, the group is working to change the headland of the reserve from gorse to a native forest alongside the Wellington City Council.

Currently in its 13th year, the project has seen the return of bird life and are working towards the flowering northern rata being seen by visitors from the Cook Strait ferry.

Woodridge Planters

Into their fourth year receiving plants, Woodridge Planters have been working tirelessly to restore Seton Nossiter Park in Newlands, Wellington. Local colleges, scouts, churches, corporate and community groups pitch in to lend a hand at various times, as well as the Wellington City Council, in an effort to create a northern rata forest of aesthetic and ecological value. Project Crimson has provided 200 northern rata to the group in 2016.

Tewhanauwhero Coastal Care Group

Tewhanauwhero Coastal Care Group (1) xNew in 2016, the Tewhanuwhero Coastal Care Group is aiming to restore pohutukawa on the foreshore in Hikurangi, Northland.

Impressed by the group’s success in other restoration endeavours, Project Crimson has allocated 200 pohutukawa in 2016 to assist their efforts.

Andrew Bowker and Gail Pearson

A private landowner located in Pipitauri Bay, Northland who work together reforest 40ha of coastal farm. Pohutukawa are used in the reforestation in an effort to maintain ‘predator free’ status. Project Crimson continues its support for these efforts, again providing 40 pohutukawa in 2016.

Whenuakite Kiwi Restoration Group

Tracey Shaw Whenuakite Kiwi Care planting pohutukawa smAnother new recipient for 2016, the Whenuakite Kiwi Restoration Group are planting trees on a previously weed infested area on a pastoral fringe to create a pohutakawa grove that will interface with and enhance the regenerating native bush.

Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group are a local group that look after 4000 hectares of regenerating coastal forest covering both crown owned and private land from Hot Water Beach through to Tairua.  The aim is to make sure the area’s wild kiwi population survives in the long term, which can mean taking a broad focus on wider environmental issues if this helps improve kiwi habitat.

Project Crimson supports these efforts, providing 20 pohutukawa in 2016.

Murphy Family

murphy-family-northlandAiming to continue their previous planting work along Middle Gable in Tutukaka, Northland, this family is a first-time recipient in 2016.

With the broad vision of “restoring pohutukawa density”, Project Crimson has lent its support to the project by allocating 50 pohutukawa this year.

Friends of Greendale Reserve

greendale-reserveThe Friends of the Greendale Reserve was formed in 2001 to restore Greendale Reserve in Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast. The group hold annual public working bees to plant and weed in the reserve.

Kenakena School students have been included in the project from very early on. Students enjoy revisiting the reserve each year to do more planting and see how their plants have grown. Paraparaumu College horticulture students have also be involved in planting a variety of native species they have raised in their own school nursery.

The results of this project have totally transformed the reserve from a couple of shabby, blackberry infested paddocks to a spectacular recreational area. Visiting birds deliver native seeds which are help natural regeneration.

Project Crimson have provided 20 northern rata trees to the group in 2016.

Awhitu Landcare

Awhitu Peninsula one of this years pohutukawasAwhitu Landcare has been receving trees from Project Crimson since 2005. 2016 is no different as have provided 250 pohutukawa which have been used in the local native planting programme, run yearly by Awhitu Landcare.

The focus this year for the planting programme is on coastal properties and assisting other local landowners where necessary in the Awhitu area.

Forest & Bird Lower Hutt

A first-time recipient in 2016, the Lower Hutt branch of Forest & Bird works on many local restoration projects. Project Crimson is pleased to support these efforts through the provision of 20 northern rata trees in 2016.

Friends of Maara Roa

historic-site-maara-roa-nat_herit_wycd_friends_of_maara-roaAnother long-time recipient of Project Crimson support, Sef and the Friends of Maara Roa have a vision to revegetate retired farm land in Belmont Regional Park, Porirua. The current plan runs through until 2020 and aims to reproduce the original forest cover with native species. The 2016 allocation is 40 northern rata, as applied for by the group, and help will be provided by Greater Wellington Regional Council and other volunteers.

Harbour View Residents Association

Located in Lower Hutt, Wellington, this lower scale group works to clear blackberry and sycamore and replenish the area with native trees. In 2016, they applied for, and planted, 5 northern rata trees from Project Crimson.

Te Matuku Landcare

te-matuku-point-collecting-2016-rataTe Matuku Landcare are slowly working across Waiheke Island to enhance public spaces by linking up like minded landowners interested in restoring/protecting their bush blocks.  This group shares details on weed and pest control methods.

Continuing on their work from 2015, Te Matuku Landcare have received 90 northern rata trees to help aid their revegetation efforts on Waiheke Island.

Department of Conservation, Golden Bay

doc-takaka-volunteers-planting-rata-2A big-time planter at the top of the South Island, DOC’s conservation partnerships ranger in Takaka Greg Napp has been receiving and planting Project Crimson natives since 2007 in the Golden Bay/Nelson area.

Always shouldering the load of multiple projects, any visitor to the area will immediately notice these efforts due to the large number of natives in coastal and forest areas.

Project Crimson is pleased to continue this association by providing 400 northern rata trees in 2016.

Julia Smith

A new recipient for 2016, Julia applied for and received 50 pohutukawa from Project Crimson for her restoration efforts in Aotea, Otorohanga.

IGW Trust

IGW Trust pohutukawaReturning as a 2015 recipient, the Trust’s planting efforts centre around Otaua, Waiuku. The property is a 60ha coastal property which the group aims to regenerate with natives, particularly pohutukawa.

Project Crimson continues to support these efforts, and 2016 is no exception, providing 200 pohutukawa.

Gui Restall

Another new recipient in 2016, Gui is a private landowner located in Tamaki, Auckland. Project Crimson has provided 20 pohutukawa in 2016 to assist Gui’s efforts in ecological restoration.

Gumboots and Coffee Group

liz-besley-planting-rata-on-razor-back-ridge-overlooking-konewa-stream-pohangina-valley-smAfter first receiving plants in 2012, the Gumboots and Coffee group (a social group of women who mainly live in the Pohangina – Ashhurst area) has this year planted 50 northern rata from Project Crimson.

Located in the Manawatu, this group has been continuing to use natives in a forest restoration effort. In particular, the group will plant rata in a gorge leading down to the Konewa Stream.

Rakino Ratepayers Association

rakino-islandAfter starting a restoration project on Rakino Island in 2015, the Rakino Ratepayers Association has again received Project Crimson plants in 2016.

The 60 pohutukawa provided have been dispersed amongst ratepayers to restore coastal areas and deliver aesthetically pleasing results for the island.

Manganese Point Landcare Group

Located in Northland and returning from 2015, this group aims to plant native trees to revegetate coastal areas. In 2016, they applied for and received 20 pohutukawa to continue these efforts.

Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park

planting-northern-rata-in-queen-elizabeth-park-kapiti-coast-5The various dunes and wetlands within the Queen Elizabeth Regional Park always require some attention, and this group from Paraparaumu have been working hard over the past few years to achieve just this.

Project Crimson is a big supporter of Friends of Queen Elizeabeth Park and has provided 20 northern rata to assist the replenishment of cleared areas in 2016.

Motiti Island Restoration Group

Continuing the work started in 2014, this group is continuing a large scale project on retired farm land on Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty. The aim is to regenerate the farm land into a large native forest. Project Crimson supported the project then, and continues to support it now, allocating 400 pohutukawa in 2016.

Waikato Regional Council

One of the country’s leading lights in terms of native tree planting, Project Crimson is proud to provide native plants for the Council’s continued planting efforts. In 2016, Project Crimson has allocated 1200 pohutukawa plants to the Waikato Regional Council. Of that number, 600 will be used for projects in Kawhia, whilst the remainder will be used in planting efforts around the Coromandel.