Growing our future – Tree planting

The amazing Hikurangi Primary School kids and a very supportive and encouraging staff planted almost 1,000 native trees alongside a stream at their school. Return to Sender Caskets and Morris & Morris Funerals were honoured to be able to volunteer our muscles for the day.

The senior girl class of Hikurangi Primary School, have been tenderly growing native seedlings during the year.  Once ready to be planted the girls shared the experience with every class and also Return to Sender and Morris & Morris Funerals.

Wednesday, July 3rd, we brave the threatening weather, donned our gumboots and together we planted nearly 1,000 native trees alongside a stream at Hikurangi Primary School.

Return to Sender has been donating a tree for each casket sold since 2007 as of 31 July 2019 we have donated 12,861 trees.  A couple of years ago, we realised anyone could plant a tree – but wondered what did that actually achieve? Nothing if we aren’t educating the future caretakers of our land.  In 2017 we officially partnered with ‘Trees for Survival’.

Trees for Survival is a charitable trust that delivers an educational environmental programme in schools. It sees students growing and planting native trees to restore natural habitats by helping landowners revegetate erosion-prone land, improve streamflow and water quality and increase biodiversity.

Once a month we donate money towards trees to the Trees for Surivial on behalf of the families who have chosen a Return to Sender casket.   One casket = 1 tree donation.

The students involved in the Trees for Survival environmental education programme receive locally sourced seedlings at the beginning of every year, nurturing them until ready for plantingPlanting days will consist of many different native plants; including Mānuka, kānuka, flax, tī kōuka (cabbage tree ) that are suitable for the area that they will be planted.

Return to Sender Caskets supports schools in Whangarei, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Wellington.  Funeral Homes are invited to volunteer with us on planting days within their local areas.

Tī kōuka / cabbage tree is good colonising species, growing happily on bare ground or exposed places.   Their strong root system helps stop soil erosion on steep slopes and because they tolerate wet soil, they are a useful species for planting along stream banks. The trees were also planted to mark trails, boundaries, urupā (cemeteries) and births since they are generally long-lived

Fun fact: early settlers use to brew beer from the root.

Mānuka & kānuka these plants can act as an important tool for re-vegetating bare, eroded slopes. By creating shade and shelter from the wind, they provide an excellent nursery for other, slower growing native plants. Unlike many other native plants, mānuka/kahikātoa and kānuka are not usually eaten by browsing animals like sheep, cattle, and goats. This is another reason that these plants are useful in restoration projects.

Fun fact:  Twigs from this plant with rimu were brewed to make beer.

Harakeke/flax bushes will often support a large community of animals, providing shelter and an abundant food resource.  Harakeke attracts native birds such as Tui, bellbirds/ korimako, saddlebacks/tīeke, short-tailed bats/pekapeka, geckos and several types of insects that enjoy nectar from its flower.

Fun fact: Even though we call it flax, the Harakeke is actually a lily.
Do you need help?
Email us (09) 634 1651

Read more

CSK WR PD DYI design e

Personalised caskets

21 January 2021
Read article
Environmentally friendly drop bar handles

Environmentally friendly drop bar handles

23 December 2020
New to the Return to Sender range are the Zamak drop bar handles with a solid pine insert colour matched to t...
Read article
Jesse Rose

Northland 2020 Business Champion Jessie Rose wins several categories

06 November 2020
Artist and business owner Jessie Rose with some of her spectacular yet unusual art pieces that saw her win sev...
Read article

A sneak peek behind the scenes of a casket manufacturer

05 November 2020
This is how we make our caskets.
Read article

Changing the narrative

16 September 2020
Copy of the Return to Sender Caskets article in the September 2020 issue of Verve Magazine.
Read article
TFS Goldfields Paeroa

Tree planting in Paeroa

12 June 2020
Return to Sender joined Goldfields Special School to plant natives along the Ohinemuri River, Paeroa.
Read article
long and short of it casket options

The long and the short of it

17 April 2020
Return to Sender has added a new size to our Archetype, Woodhill and Fernwood caskets to accommodate the popul...
Read article

More sustainable than ever

17 March 2020
Return to Sender is proud to have made the bold move away from Rimu and replace all existing Rimu caskets with...
Read article
Sawdust is man glitter

Upcycling sawdust

04 December 2019
Return to Sender strives to minimise waste. Helps us, help you with free sawdust
Read article
Burial and cremation act

Submissions open to update the Burial & Cremation Act 1964

18 November 2019
On Friday, the Ministry of Health opened a consultation on modernising New Zealand's laws around death, burial...
Read article
Customer Login    |   
Copyright 2022    |   
Website by Scratch
Your Cart