World Environment Day
Tree planting challenge
We are proud to have recently joined the Sustainable Business Network. To celebrate this, and World Environment Day, we took part in Conservation Volunteers NZ’s tree planting competition at Tawatawa Reserve in Island Bay.
A team of ten Abletechers cast aside their casual office attire and, not prepared to let one broken arm and at least one sore knee hold them back, donned high-vis and gardening gloves for a day of fierce competition and fun.
Gathering at 8:45am in a chilly carpark raring to go, we waited for the other teams to arrive. Then we waited some more. An hour and a safety briefing later, still pretty raring to go but getting quite cold, we grabbed shovels and set off on the short walk to our soon to be lush piece of bare hill.
Getting stuck in
GO! Over the next two hours we planted like we’ve never planted before. As with everything we do at Abletech, we applied rigorous testing procedures (although some of us would say the external CVNZ testers were overly rigorous) to ensure delivery of world class foliage solutions to our patch of the reserve.
The three stages of tree planting. Get, dig, plant.
At the final whistle our three teams had planted 500 trees. Although we weren’t there to win — we won!!! We got 210 trees in the ground. A delicious vegetarian BBQ followed, after which we, the victors, we were showered with prizes.
Grow well, little plants.
A great day was had; many trees were planted. I’m sure all who took part will return to the site in the future to see how our plants are getting on, and to bask in the glory of teamwork.
Great to see our team values in action. We are committed to being Sustainable and this was a great way to be active in the sustainability of our environment.