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HealthPost Tree Planting

The HealthPost Tree Planting Story

One of the joys of living and working in Golden Bay is being connected to the natural beauty that surrounds us. At HealthPost, we balance the busyness with beach walks on our breaks, bird-watching in our native garden, and celebrating the healing plants in our environment (kawakawa tea, anyone?).

Sustainable business practices are embedded in every aspect of our operations, every day. We believe that the wellness of the individual is always connected to the health of the community and the natural environment, and this holistic view affects everything we do. There is one particular day in the HealthPost calendar, however, when our values and the local environment come together in a special way: the annual HealthPost tree-planting.

Over the past seven years, we have given planting power to many special sites around Golden Bay, from bush to river to beach. As our business steadily grows, so do our annual planting efforts. (And so do our trees!)

The first tree-planting day in 2010 saw 500 rimu planted in Milnthorpe Park, a favourite recreational area only five minutes from our premises. Many of us now enjoy these head-height trees as we walk or run through the Park.  

From Milnthorpe, we moved east to the Motupipi Sand Spit, where for several years we contributed to a revegetation project managed by Coast Care. Devastated by fire prior to our planting efforts, this beautiful area is now on its way to becoming a rare example of the kind of coastal Totara forest that would once have been common.

In 2014 we went to the ‘wild west’ of Golden Bay, to the Mangarakau Swamp. The Nelson region’s largest remaining freshwater wetland, the Swamp is home to a variety of birdlife, from fernbird to bittern, over 30 species of orchid, and an array of aquatic life including frogs, rare fish and eels.

In 2015 we planted at Payne’s Ford, near the beautiful Takaka River. Boasting impressive limestone outcrops, Payne’s Ford is popular with climbers, picnickers and swimmers.

We feel privileged to have planted at such diverse and spectacular sites around Golden Bay in the past seven years, and grateful to the people who have directed our good intentions into tangible outcomes.

Tree Planting Map

HealthPost Carbon Forest

19th October 2016 marked the 7th annual HealthPost tree-planting, and the start of an exciting new chapter in the HealthPost tree planting story.

We purchased 25 hectares of fertile land at the start of the Bainham Valley and took the first steps toward creating a HealthPost Carbon Forest.

The undulating land is currently regenerating kanuka, home to weka and other native birds, and has been assessed by experts as appropriate for the establishment of a native podocarp forest. With registration through the ‘Permanent Forest Sink’ initiative, we will have our own, accredited revegetation project. HealthPost will continue to calculate, minimise and offset its carbon usage, and our Carbon Forest will play an important part.    

The terrain was untamed for the planting of 1000+ trees, including rimu, totara, and kahikatea. Fortunately, HealthPosties are a hardy bunch who rise to the challenge of breaking new ground! It’s so cool to see colleagues in gummies and overalls, driving spades into the ground with the same good-natured determination they show at the computer or the packing station. There is always a great atmosphere, with people looking out for each other as well as the flora and fauna. Happily exhausted at the end of the day, we celebrate our efforts with a shared meal.

Developing the same piece of land year-on-year we hope to have the satisfaction of seeing our trees become established and wildlife thriving in the renewed habitat. Watch this space!

Our annual tree planting is truly a highlight in the HealthPost calendar, and our appreciation goes out to our great team, who are always happy to get their hands dirty in a good cause.

And, of course, a huge thank you to our customers for supporting sustainable business.

Video and Pictures below are from our planting adventures, the video is our most recent!

Tree Planting at Paynes Ford 2015 Tree Planting at Paynes Ford 2015 Tree Planting at Paynes Ford 2015
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Tree Planting at Paynes Ford 2015 Tree Planting at Paynes Ford 2015 Tree Planting at Paynes Ford 2015
Tree planting at Mangarakau Swamp 2014 Tree planting at Mangarakau Swamp 2014 Tree planting at Mangarakau Swamp 2014
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Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2013

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2013 Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2013

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2013

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2013 Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2013

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2012

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2012 Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2012

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2012

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2012 Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2012

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2011

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2011 Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2011 Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2011

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2010

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2010 Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2010 Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2010

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2010

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Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2010

Tree planting at Motupipi Sand Spit 2010
 

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