Trees & Shrubs
Why plant trees and shrubs?
Planting trees & shrubs connects us to our local place. By acting as kaitiaki, we express care & respect for nature that is mutually nourishing. Planting specific species supports our cultural identity.
Trees and shrubs provide homes & food for many animals, as their berries, seeds & flowers attract birds, insects & geckos.
Trees capture carbon & improve air quality. They improve soil health & increase water quality by absorbing rain to reduce run-off.
Some trees and shrubs bear nutritious fruit for us, while others provide plant parts with medicinal properties.
They support cultural connection & bring joy through beauty (sight, sound, smell) which enhances our wellbeing. So does the outdoor physical activity of planting & caring for them.