Two weeks ago, PB Tech Auckland staff, friends, and family members came together to plant 1300 native trees on a beautiful, sunny, Saturday morning.
With a crew of more than 50 volunteers, we easily exceeded last year's total of 1000 trees planted at Murvale Reserve.
The event was facilitated by the PB Tech Auckland team with the support of our friendly Auckland Council Community Park Ranger Julie Robson.
Robson provided the guidance, supervision, and expertise, PB Tech provided the trees, and our team, friends, and family brought the enthusiasm.
The ground was soft, muddy, and crawling with fat earthworms due to the heavy rain the night before, which made digging easier for our volunteers.
It was gratifying to see all the newly planted trees in the ground after two and a half hours of toiling.
After putting in the hard work, PB Tech Sales General Manager Mark Dalton's family fed the volunteers with a good old-fashioned sausage sizzle.
"We've not only made a positive impact on our local environment, but we've also forged stronger bonds as a team, nurturing a shared commitment to sustainability that extends beyond our professional roles. It was, without a doubt, a day to remember," said Dalton.
As a tech business, PB Tech is acutely aware of the environmental challenges our planet is facing.
Tree planting is one way we can contribute to sustainability and offset our carbon footprint.
We understand the importance of creating a healthier environment for future generations, and we're committed to integrating sustainability into our operations.
Running tree planting days as a team building exercise brings our colleagues together outside of the usual work environment, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual purpose and delivering tangible benefits to the business.
"It was heartening to see the enthusiasm from our team, which turned out in full force, bringing along many of their children as well. There was a palpable sense of community and shared purpose," said Dalton.
"Involving our staff's children was particularly special—it's their generation that will reap the benefits of the seeds we sowed today."