What does a partnership between G.J Gardner Homes and Fifteen Trees look like?

Well … it goes something like this …

  • trees planted (5400) throughout Victoria and Tasmania,
  • community groups (30) directly supported with free trees for their projects,
  • hands-on help (150 hours) in getting the trees planted,
  • independent native nurseries (20) supported via direct sales of the trees,
  • nature reserves, school grounds and landcare properties (30) planted out with native vegetation.

This partnership has had tangible results. From Launceston in Tasmania, across the Bass Strait to southern Victoria including Sale, BairnsdalePhillip Is, Geelong and Warrnambool up through central Victorian areas of MacedonBendigo, Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Ararat to the northern reaches of the state, Mildura, Wodonga and Swan Hill – thousands of trees have been planted.

The staff and management of the franchisees have in many cases, left their offices for a morning or afternoon, picked up a shovel and gone out into their communities to weed, remove exotic weeds and plant trees. They have provided not only ‘people power’ but have also provided BBQ’s, shade tents and refreshments. New connections have been made and communities have been made stronger.

Central Gippsland GJG.

Central Gippsland GJG.

Less tangible benefits have come about also from this partnership, for example through the support of G.J. Gardner, Fifteen Trees can now afford to employ part-time a horticultural student to liaison with community groups and their local nurseries. Money has been able to flow onto a number of organisations such as GetUpBob Brown Foundation and The Australian Conservation Foundation. Fifteen Trees has been able to apply again for a stall at the Sustainable Living Festival to encourage the general public to support our native environment and rural communities. This 3 day event along the banks of the Yarra draws over 20,000 visitors.

This partnership has gone beyond just trees!

Huge thank you to Ross Morley (Managing Director) of G.J. Gardner Homes (Tas/Vic) for the ongoing support of Fifteen Trees and more importantly for the support of our native environment.

Slainte – Colleen