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Published: 2010-08-27 00:00:00

Environment Waikato chief executive Bob Laing has this weekreceived a cheque for $12,010 from Ingham Motor Group general manager Chris Garland under an ongoing Honda scheme to promote native tree planting

The handover at EW’s Hamilton offices was part of a nationwide programme whereby Honda funds the planting of 10 native trees through the Honda Tree Fund for every new Honda car sold. EW administers distribution of the funds through Landcare groups throughout the Waikato region.

The latest amount donated is less than in other years as fewer new cars are being sold due to the economic downturn.

But the donation means a total of more than $180,000 from Honda will have been made available for extensive tree planting across the Waikato over six years, and more than $2 million has been made available nationwide.

EW sustainable agriculture coordinator Bala Tikkisetty said some tree planting was currently about to get underway as a result of previous donations. “Last Saturday native trees 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,” Mr Tikkisetty said.

“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. Without Honda’s assistance, local Landcare groups and others would be struggling to get funding for trees.”

The Honda funding is available through EW’s Landcare programme for 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