This year has seen our largest tree planting to date. Returned to Sender contributed over 1,500 trees; planted between Motutapu Island as part of the Restoration Project and Makara Natural Burial Grounds.
It was a stunning day at Makara with so many wonderful volunteers that turned up at the Natural Burial Ground in Wellington on Sunday. We even had some very young children taking part and learning about tree planting on the day.
Rain and winds were predicted for the Motutapu Island planting, and for once the weather forecast got it right. Though our dedicated volunteers braved the elements and the ferry crossing to plant Puriri and Tawapou trees on the Island. We have since received lovely feedback from a family who volunteered to help.
“We recently purchased a [Return to Sender] coffin for my father from Sibuns Funeral Directors. We choose it for its simplicity and beauty. To know that a tree was planted at Motutapu to assist the Motutapu Restoration Trust was a delightful bonus as my father had taken up bushwalking later in life. We were pleased to be able to go over and plant a tree for him, with one from his brother. Thank you for arranging and your generosity in supporting our day. Not a topic I am used to, but the topic has been praised and admired by many who went to the funeral”
Big thank you to all those the fantastic volunteers this year, especially; families of loved ones passed, Bruce Hendrie, Belinda Vernon from Motutapu Restoration Trust, Melissa Clark Reynolds, Andrew Malcolm, council staff and the visionary Mark Blackham.