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A day in the life of a tree planter

"The tree planter". What is that? Where does a tree planter work? Is this a real job? What does his everyday life look like? We have investigated these questions and present to you: The tree planter.

A tree planter? Is that possible?

Indeed, there is, and we at NIKIN are extremely happy about it. Tree planters are people who plant trees – full-time or part-time. How do you get to work as a tree planter? What does the work look like? What kind of everyday life do these amazing people who replenish forests around the world have?

We looked into the matter and can tell you a little about it.

How do you become a tree planter?

Well, it's not really a training occupation. Most planters came into contact with the job at some point through acquaintances or life partners, because the companies that plant trees almost no longer hire “beginners”. After a few days and weeks as a newcomer, with aching bones and muscles and in the big “family” of colleagues, you eventually start to love your work. Be outside. In the nature. Do something meaningful. However, as many planters agree, the financial aspect needs to be kept in mind. For many, the first “season” is not worth it; beginners are simply not quick enough to put a tree in the ground. But from the second season onwards it becomes increasingly worthwhile. Because, despite all the idealism, you have to be able to make a living from it.


Where do tree planters actually work?

Basically, there are forest reforestation activities worldwide, although they are more or less extensive. Canada stands out here, with extensive activities in, for example, British Columbia and the province of Ontario. Since the areas of operation are spread across the globe, tree planters can be employed permanently - if they want to. However, many of them work seasonally for two to four months.

The everyday life of a tree planter

A normal working day for a tree planter begins very early - often at five o'clock. For Canadian tree planters, this means getting up in freezing cold temperatures even in spring and summer. After an opulent two-hour buffet breakfast, we head to the luxury bus. Stop, stop, that was humor! The normal tree planter makes sure that he gets breakfast and a coffee, because at six o'clock it's time to collect. Beforehand, you have to make sure you pack everything you need for the day, i.e. water, lunch, sunscreen, rain protection, planting gloves.You have to get into a routine here. Because tree planters are always working. No matter whether it is raining, hailing, snowing or the sun is shining brightly. Newbies quickly learn to fasten their shoelaces with tape so they don't have to tie their shoes again and again, and to wrap their fingers with tape in their work gloves. You also have to get used to the elements and the wildlife. It's completely normal that you're usually accompanied by insects; in some parts of the world the fauna is getting bigger - Canadian tree planters can expect curious brown bears to look over their shoulders.

Buses distribute the emergency services to their posts in the morning. Most of the time, groups of 30 – 40 tree planters work together, divided into teams of two. Together with the trees. Lots of trees. While beginners are proud and happy when they plant 100 trees per day, experienced planters can manage significantly more - 600 trees, for example.

A tough job for the environment

It goes without saying that you are tired in the evening. Still, many tree planters – and these are people who work for a living, not out of idealism – feel that they are making an important contribution. That their work helps to minimize environmental damage.

But probably the most rewarding factor about the work is that you learn to overcome enormous challenges. The newcomers, who struggle with pain all over their body in the first few days, feel at the end of the season that they have proven something to themselves. Because it is hard, difficult work that is carried out in all weathers. A backbreaking job. Those who stick around love him. When they go “home” to the city for a while, they miss the trees, the sounds of the wind in the branches, the immediacy of the weather and the harmony with nature. The feeling of being grounded.

Tree planter – an important unknown job

Why should we plant more trees? Trees are important. They provide us with clean, oxygen-rich breathing air and give us and numerous animal species a natural habitat. Trees counteract soil erosion and the greenhouse effect. We leave trees to our children.

Experienced tree planters plant more than half a million trees in the course of their work. Let's thank them for that!

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