Success Stories

Success Stories – Our Projects

The projects we have funded have always been completed within budget and finished to an excellent standard. Much of the work done is by the villagers at no cost.

Through donations and the sale of Himalayan Oak seedlings in New Zealand, we have funded several conservation projects suggested by our partners at Himalaya Consortium for Himalayan Conservation.

The first project 1996 was the supply, ex new Zealand, of a 16m x 4m galvanised steel framed, double skinned propagation house, including a mist system, shade cloth and hail netting.

Ranichauri School


Financial support for local school

The trust will become a funder of the HIMCON school. HIMCON have developed a “Value based Alternative Education Learning Center”  called ” Sanskar” which aims to bring children and youth groups together for a collective learning experience around conservation.


Rainwater Harversting Tank

2013 – 2014

Rainwater Harvesting Reservoir

Together with Manoj Pande the Trust gave funds to construct a rainwater harvesting reservoir. The 40,000 litre underground tank provides clean water for drinking and irrigation. The Trust paid for materials and labour with a contribution from the New Zealand High Commission India.

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Evergreen Oaks

2008 – 2012

Regeneration of Himalayan Oaks in Tehri Gahwal

The Trust made contact with and met Dr Dewan the founder and head of HIMCON and Manoj Pande. After an in depth discussion the decision was made to fund a project of their design, rejuvenation of Himalayan Oaks in Association with other Economic Plants in Tehri Gahwal.

The project ran from 2008 until the begining of 2012.

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Apple Tree Training


Apple Tree Training

The Trust founder while on a World Bank apple project in the Tehri Gahwal area took time out to give advice to the Chirag group.

David looked at their nursery and discussed improvements that they might like to consider such as the adoption of clonal apple tree rootstocks rather than the seedlings they currently used.

Tree planting with Sir Edmund Hillary


Martinborough School

Annabel Porter of Martinborough, organised a whole weekend celebration for the planting of Himalayan Oaks hosted by Sir Edmund and Lady Hillary. Sir Edmund helped 10 classes plant 10 trees which are thriving today.

Propagation House


Propagation House

16m x 4m galvanised steel framed, double skinned propagation house, including a mist system, shade cloth and hail netting.

This was supplied to the G B Pant University Ranichauri with the objective of it being used to train students in the propagation of plants. Funded by the New Zealand High Commission India.

Imported acorns from the Himalayas

1995 – 1997

Supplying Acorns

The children of the Hill people under the supervision of Dr Shah at GB Pant university Ranichauri collected the acorns in the early years that came to NZ under NZ MAF quarantine.

The Headmaster showed us trees that the children had planted in their grounds, and their vegetable gardens where they grew vegetables that they could take home to supplement the family meals.

For a number of years David was given seeds from New Zealand companies which he sent to the school for the children to plant including several vegetable and flower seeds.

We are not asking you to save the world – just to make a stand

The Oaks grow large! Since you may not have room for a tree in your garden, we offer an option to adopt a tree in our Forest of Memories. You get the GPS location of your tree so you can visit to see its progress! Adopting a tree can be a special way to mark important occasions such as a marriage, birth of a baby or the passing of a family member or friend.