29 June 2018
From May to August this year, the Waingaro Scout Camp is hosting a series of tree planting events as part of our unique Trees for Containers (T4C) programme.
So far hundreds of trees have been planted in the remote hill country west of Ngaruawahia, by eager SCOUTS New Zealand volunteers from across the Waikato and Auckland regions.
In all, 1,300 native and locally sourced varieties have been earmarked for the area, which was previously covered in Radiata Pine (nonindigenous plant species). The aim is to return the local habitat to its natural beauty, providing a sanctuary for native fauna while educating youth about the environment.
Waingaro Scout Camp
Located in a picturesque 'S' bend by the river, the Waingaro Scout Camp has plans to plant 3,300 native trees over three years in the area to protect the river bank and return the habitat to its natural beauty. Through the T4C programme, Champion Freight has gifted 1,300 native trees to the project.Native Tree Project
Barry Barton, the Chair of the local Camp Committee, had this to say about the initiative, "The bush is an important element of what makes Camp Waingaro such a special place. Our planting programme makes sure that the open areas and the water are complemented with a background of lush and vibrant indigenous vegetation. We have had great support from Forestflora for local eco-sourcing, from Waikato Regional Council, and from Champion Freight. But we absolutely must give credit to all the planters who have come with their spades to get the trees into the ground, sunshine or rain. We hope that they will come back to see the trees maturing into a splendid forest, and will take pride in their achievement."
Another major tree planting event is scheduled for the area in August of this year, with SCOUTS New Zealand volunteers from the Bay Of Plenty region confirmed to attend.
We're working with SCOUTS New Zealand to plant a total of 2,500 trees in 2018. See Trees for Containers for the latest news and updates.