​Trees for Survival: Children growing our future

Students from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in New Zealand participated in Trees for Survival, an environmental education program which involves growing and planting native trees to restore natural habitats.

The aspiring, and inspiring, group helped landowners revegetate erosion prone land, improve stream flow and water quality, and increase biodiversity.

Trees for Survival has been running since 1991, with operations in more than 120 schools across New Zealand. The program aims to educate school-aged children about ecology and conservation. As part of the program, students develop horticultural skills and an appreciation of native trees. They also learn about their role in maintaining healthy environments and the balance trees bring to the natural habitat.

Broadspectrum provided Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate with seeds and seedlings, which the students nurtured into strong plants, ready to be planted in the community.

The program engaged the local community, and established new community partnerships that will work together to restore New Zealand’s natural heritage.

Broadspectrum’s long-standing partnership with Trees for Survival, along with other local communities, schools, councils and businesses, has helped the program plant more than 1 million trees.