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Bay of Plenty company helping bees thrive

Comvita’s Colin Baskin, Heather Johnston and Joshua Easton. Photo: supplied.

The air is buzzing for 'bee aware' month and Comvita are celebrating after planting 2.3 million trees this year.

They have added 6.4 million trees to the government’s national tree count since 2016 by planting manuka seedlings in regional parts of New Zealand.

Comvita Plantations Manager Joshua Easton says it’s not just about manuka.

“We’re now undertaking companion planting, growing a range of other native plant species alongside manuka to further assist with beehive health and biodiversity.”

“Healthy bees start with the land and its surroundings, so this September we believe it’s worth celebrating the positive impact of our plantation programme as part of Bee Aware Month. Every bit helps.”

The focus of this year’s Bee Awareness month is Love our Bees.

Comvita General Manager Safety and Sustainability Heather Johnston says planting native trees is a powerful action New Zealanders can take to counter climate change, and protect the country’s landscapes and waterways for future generations.

“We’re proud of our positive contribution to New Zealand’s future through our restorative plantings.”

“Sustainability is at its best when doing good benefits the environment and the community, while also aligning with the commercial needs of a business.”

“We believe our Manuka Plantation Programme is an excellent example of that in action,” says Mrs Johnston.”

In 2018, the New Zealand Government established the One Billion Trees Programme, charged with planting one billion trees by 2028. So far 110 million trees have been planted.

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Helping Bees

Posted on 07-09-2019 12:48 | By peter pan

Why only Native trees,there are loads of exotic trees that bees and native birds love,i am sure our native birds don’t pick and choose what tree to get a feed from.