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Honda funds planting of thousands of native trees

Honda will on Wednesday 25 August at 3pm hand over a cheque for $12,010 to Environment Waikato CEO Bob Laing in the latest donation made under its ongoing programme to fund native tree planting in the Waikato.

Media are welcome to attend the ceremony at the council’s offices at 401 Grey St, Hamilton East. However, a media release and photo will also be issued afterwards for those who can’t make it.

The $12,010 donation is part of a nationwide scheme whereby Honda funds the planting of 10 native trees through the Honda Tree Fund for every new Honda car sold. The latest donation being handed to EW means about $180,000 from Honda will have been made available for extensive tree planting across the Waikato over six years. The latest amount being donated is less than in other years as fewer new cars are being sold due to the economic downturn.

EW sustainable agriculture coordinator Bala Tikkisetty said some tree planting has just occurred as a result of previous donations and some was about to get underway. Last Saturday 21 August native plants were planted at Rukuhia’s Lake Cameron and planting will soon occur at Lake Kainui north of Hamilton. This follows on from work such as the extensive planting done recently to help protect the Lower Mangapiko Stream between Te Awamutu and Pirongia.

"We expect the $12,010 will fund the planting of about 4000 trees in total around the region. This will build on the many thousands of trees already planted around the wider Waikato as a result of Honda’s donations," Mr Tikkisetty said.

"We really appreciate the company’s ongoing commitment to helping the regional environment through this scheme."

The Honda funding is available to community groups to buy native plants to support a wide range of activities. Examples of projects that could qualify include the establishment of native tree populations, control of water-run off from land, prevention of erosion, biodiversity protection and restoration, urban stream enhancement and coastal protection.

Applications for funds for the 2011 planting season will close in February next year. Contact Mr Tikkisetty on 0800 800 401 for details or email bala.tikkisetty@ew.govt.nz.

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