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Bayer, Motutapu Restoration Trust - forest planting partners

24 December 2012

Bayer and Motutapu Restoration Trust announce forest planting partnership

The Motutapu Restoration Trust has today announced a partnership with Bayer, which is contributing $25,000 for forest restoration to celebrate the company’s 150th birthday in 2013.

In addition to donating to the Trust to support the planting of a block of forest, Bayer will offer its staff an annual opportunity to volunteer on the island to help with planting and weeding.

“In 2013, Bayer celebrates its 150th birthday and we will be marking that in various ways around the world,” Bayer New Zealand Ltd Managing Director Patricia Castle said today. “Helping create a home for kiwi and takahe is something our team in New Zealand would love to support so we’ve chosen to take responsibility for funding the planting and maintenance of two hectares of forest on Motutapu as our birthday gift to New Zealand.

“As we partner with the trust, we feel we are taking on some of the responsibility for helping it to provide a flourishing pest-free home for two of New Zealand’s most iconic species, so we don’t want to just donate the money and walk away. We want to continue to be actively involved, and volunteering allows us to do that.”

“This is a gift that will keep giving over decades to come.”

Motutapu Restoration Trust chair, Christine Fletcher, said today that Bayer’s suggestion that it partner with the trust to support a forest habitat was warmly welcomed.

“We’re delighted that Bayer is supporting us as we continue our work to create a place where future generations will be able to experience the natural history of our region.

“In association with the Department of Conservation, the trust and thousands of volunteers have propagated and planted out nearly half a million trees so far. But there is much more to do. This is a one hundred year project to create a home for our rare and beautiful native species. It requires money and it requires time. Bayer and its team will help us with both.”

The Trust is asking other corporates to partner with it to plant and maintain new blocks of forest on Motutapu as it continues to restore the island to house kiwi and takahe and other rare and endangered species.

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