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Switched On’s team challenge

Published: 10 October 2018

On Friday 1 June 2018 Switched On, in conjunction with Conservation Volunteers and Christchurch City Council, took part in a tree planting challenge as part of Conservation Volunteers’ World Environment Day.

This year’s tree planting took place at the Kaputahi Creek on Belfast Road in Christchurch city, a stunning site that looks back onto the Port Hills.

Over time, the site will become part of a much wider native forest network across the Styx River catchment and wider Christchurch city region. This growing native forest is expected to attract native birds back to the city which have become locally extinct over the past 150 years.

With help from three of their subbies, Clean Up Canterbury, Noble Services and For Seasons Tree Care, Switched On took on a team from Lion Group, famously known for their alcoholic beverage lines Lion Red and Steinlager.

Each team ended up planting 750 native trees, flaxes and ferns in just under two hours.

Switched On took away the trophy, planting their 750 trees in just 1 hour and 42 minutes. This number contributed to an impressive 3,921 trees planted across New Zealand as part of World Environment Day. The day was such a resounding success that Switched On has already committed to continuing their ongoing support and reclaiming their trophy again next year.


The Switched On team gets together for a photo after their win

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