The Green Footprint Project enables travellers using the YHA network to offset their environmental impact by purchasing a native tree or shrub which is then planted at sites in Canterbury and Wellington. This project kicked off in 2004 and since then almost 10,000 trees and shrubs have been planted! The Wellington and Christchurch based staff hold planting days at the sites in spring where the purchased trees are planted by staff and volunteers.
This is a joint initiative between YHA New Zealand, The Waihora Ellesmere Trust and Selwyn District Council. Each year our Christchurch team takes a day to plant in reserve land south of Christchurch at Coes and Chamberlains Ford. This project aims to attract bellbirds back to the area and to enhance the local indigenous biodiversity.
In 2009 the project was extended to the North Island and we now have joint planting programmes with both the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Wellington Zoo.