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Right Tree Right Place

We are on a mission to reduce Hawke’s Bay’s significant erosion challenges. Planting the right trees in the right places is the most effective way to slow erosion, improve freshwater quality, and build resilient farms to climate change.

What is Right Tree Right Place?

We are looking to partner with private landowners, investors and forestry companies to offer a tree planting solution on marginal farmland that maintains and enhances the pastoral farming system. Check out our case study video on this page.

We are running a pilot trial on up to five farms to understand the details in set-up costs, partnership and delivery options.

Under the trial, we would offer a loan to landowners to plant trees on their erodible land, and manuka honey,carbon and timber are being considered, with the greatest potential to deliver a return.

We are working with significant private investors to develop this programme.

Why would I farm plant more trees on my farm?

Our Right Tree Right Place programme is a way for farmers to get a good return and potentially supports keeping the farm in the family across generations. It can provide revenue to develop their pastoral farm, and support the environment. It is an economically viable alternative to whole farm afforestation.

We are looking at land in Hawke’s Bay which is economically marginal for pastoral farming and it is difficult to farm. This land is well suited to trees, potentially delivering much greater returns to farmers.

Why are we doing this?

We need an innovative, transformational scheme to slow erosion, improve freshwater quality, and prepare the region for climate change.

Around 136,000 truck and trailer loads or 1090 Olympic sized swimming pools of sediment fall in to our waterways each year. This has significant impacts on water quality and the aquatic and terrestrial life that depends on it.

A partnership with us through Right Tree Right Place will improve environmental outcomes and support rural communities.

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For Farmers

For Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand

A partnership using the Right Tree Right Place model offers farmers the choice to:

  • Maintain and enhance their pastoral farming system
  • Diversify and potentially increase income streams
  • Improve returns from marginal land
  • Support succession planning and debt reduction through higher incomes
  • Build a climate resilient farm with significant environmental benefits

If taken up at scale in the region, Right Tree Right Place will generate significant benefits for the region:

  • Reduce the need for whole farm afforestration, and support rural communities to thrive
  • Improve water quality through a reduction of sediment load and nutrient run off into waterways
  • Improve biodiversity, particularly through planting of native trees
  • Sequester carbon, helping to meet climate commitments

How would it work in practice?

Our catchment staff will work in close partnership with farmers to identify the steep, erosion prone parts of their farm that will suit planting.

Catchment staff will then connect farmers with investment partners, and a plan for tree planting options would be agreed based on the farmers vision for the land.

We will fund planting via debt, and then the planting will create revenue via carbon, timber and/or honey.

The farmer will repay the debt, and the remaining revenue will go to the farmer.

Want more information

Drop us a line if you would like any further information about Right Tree Right Place -

Case studies

Mark Warren talks about his journey from taking on the old run-down family farm in steep hill country in southern Hawke’s Bay to building it up to successful farm operation through planting the right trees in the right places.

Wairoa farmer Dave Read has planted thousands of poplars and willows on his land for erosion control and to provide alternative food for stock in times of drought.

Trees have been grown on Maraetara in Bay View by five generations of Philip Holt’s family. Philip talks about how planting the right trees in the right places has benefited not just the farm business, but created a place of special significance for the family over the generations.

Case studies

Read more about farmers who are putting Right Tree Right Place in to practice.

Dave Read - Integrated landscape Sustainable future

Dave Read


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