Ross Morley, Managing Director of G. J. Gardner Homes has been supporting our NATIVE ENVIRONMENT since 2013 and in that time has HELPED PLANT 1000’s of trees across Victoria and Tasmania. For every new home built, Fifteen Trees organises the planting of 15 trees in the local district. This year, the project will see over 7,000 trees planted by SCHOOLS, landcare and various ENVIRONMENTAL groups.

GJGLogo_NO-TAG_WHITE_BG_lrgRohan Smith and Paul Delgallo from G.J Gardner Homes Geelong are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year, Rohan and Paul purchased 750 trees for the Bellarine Rail Trail project. One of the planting days took place on 2nd September 2015 with reps attending from G.J.Gardner Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe along with the Swan Bay Environment Association and the Bellarine Catchment Network.  Forty local volunteers attended as too did Queenscliffe Primary School Students.

GJG staff with Matt Crawley

GJG staff with Matt Crawley

“With a great turn out and kind weather, approximately 400 indigenous plants were planted on the day.  Also, mulch was laid and weeds removed in a coordinated effort to protect and enhance the Bellarine Rail Trail and Swan Bay.

This section of the rail trail has transformed from a weeds mess into a valuable habitat for local flora and fauna. The support from our partners G.J. Gardner Homes, Borough of Queenscliffe and City of Greater Geelong is crucial in achieving these outcomes”.

Matt Crawley | Program Manager | Bellarine Catchment Network and Bellarine Landcare Group

enscliffe PS, with Teacher Melissa, Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Helene Cameron and Matt Crawley

Queenscliffe PS, with Teacher Melissa, Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Helene Cameron and Matt Crawley

Once again a huge thank you goes out to the team at G.J. Gardner Geelong, who not only paid for 750 trees but also left the office for a day to go help plant at least half of them. By all accounts, the Bellarine Rail Trail is becoming a beautiful re-established native habitat for local wildlife (and bike riders).

Slainte (Irish for cheers) – Colleen