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Tree planting for team building


9 June 2006

Tree planting for team building

Businesses now have a new team building option: a day’s tree planting with Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Tree planting is a good team project while enhancing the environment, says Paula Loader of Greater Wellington.

“Organisations who’ve joined us in the parks and other key sites have said it’s one of the most rewarding things they’ve done. And it’s a fun day that’s not all hard work.”

Greater Wellington has thousands of trees and other plants to plant this winter, many of which have been donated by Honda New Zealand. These will be planted throughout the region, with a number going to Queen Elizabeth Park on the Kapiti Coast, to extend the wetland areas and bush remnants.

GW Landcare Committee chairman Chris Laidlaw says, “By doing something for the environment, businesses can show their commitment to being good corporate citizens as well as giving their staff a real sense of community involvement.”
Greater Wellington provides all the equipment, facilities and staff to help with the planting. The business provides food and transport to the site.

“Groups are offered a tour of the area so they learn more about the environment they’re planting in, for example, riparian (streamside) planting or wetlands, and how their planting make a difference,” Paula says.

At Queen Elizabeth Park on Wednesdays, people can also help local volunteers re-pot seedlings in the park nursery.

- For more information about corporate planting days contact Greater Wellington’s Take Care co-ordinator on 04 801 1027 or email caregroups@gw.govt.nz

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