Greening Marlborough

Let’s transform Marlborough’s vineyards, one tree at a time.

Greening Marlborough is a new landscape-scale planting programme supported by the Marlborough District Council, New Zealand Winegrowers and promotes the values of Te Ao Māori.

By providing grants for growers to plant more native trees on vineyards, Greening Marlborough aims to boost biodiversity and improve the landscape. Many of the selected plant species are taonga (treasure).

In the past, trees and shelter-belts have been cleared to make way for vineyards but not all the land is planted in grapes. Forgotten corners of awkward shapes, strips along fence-lines, road boundaries and around vineyard buildings are all good candidates for planting up (and reducing mowing and spraying).


Council, through the Marlborough Landscape Group, is offering dollar-for-dollar funding for plants up to $2000. It’s easy to apply online.

  • Grants from $500 to $2000
  • Planting area can be any shape or size
  • Natives species to restore biodiversity
  • Easy application form
  • Grower responsible for watering and maintenance
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