Project Crimson plants at Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Visitors to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park coastline will soon be enjoying the bloom from even more pohutukawa after Project Crimson recently provided another 50 pohutukawa to be planted on Te Kouma Farm – a peninsular of land between the Coromandel and Te Kouma Harbours.

The Te Kouma Farm Revegetation Project was launched almost 20 years ago by landowner Ian James in an effort to improve the habitat and aesthetics on the coastal hills for the public who visit the area regularly.
Project Crimson provides approximately 50 pohutukawa per year for the project through the annual funding round, and the trees are planted out with the help from Forest & Bird as well as members of the local community.
Landowner, Ian James is thrilled with the transformation they’ve achieved so far and is eager to get this year’s stock in the ground.
“Although technically this is private land, the area gets a lot of public use and we’re delighted to be able to create an environment that is welcoming to our residents and visitors to the area.
“Project Crimson has been suppling us with trees almost since its formation in 1990 and we’re grateful for their part in bringing pohutukawa to our coast.”
The seed for the trees is collected by Ian at his farm and is then grown in one Project Crimson’s nurseries. The three year old plants are then collected and ready for planting.
“The project is a work in progress and we have about 12km of coast that we would like to re-vegetate stretches of with as many locally sourced pohutukawa as possible.”