Ross Morley, Managing Director of G. J. Gardner Homes has been supporting our native environment (through Fifteen Trees) since 2013 and has helped plant 34,000 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 8,500 trees planted by schools, landcare and various environmental groups.
Ludek Valta from G. J. Gardner Homes Hobart is a generous supporter of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year, Ludek has purchased 480 trees for 4 community groups: Lansdowne Crescent Primary School (100 trees), Okines Community Gardens (110 trees), Carlton Park Surf Life Club (50 trees) and Nierinna Creek Reserve (220 trees).
I have attached some photos taken on our tree planting day at Lansdowne Primary School, on Friday. It was a lovely winter’s day and our Kinders worked hard to plant the Kunzea hedge plants made possible by G.J. Gardner and Fifteen Trees. I shall also organise a newsletter item this week to inform the school community of this wonderful scheme. Thanks heaps.
Bron Wearne | Teacher | Lansdowne PS
Our planting day on Monday was a huge success. We had four staff members from GJ Gardner Homes come along to help plus an additional twenty volunteers. We managed to plant a great windbreak at our Community Garden and enjoyed a very nice shared lunch afterwards. We ended up using some of the large trees from the Surf Club order at the Community Garden which means we have around fifty left to plant at the Surf Club. This planting will be a much more low key affair and be done spontaneously with a few local volunteers when the weather is most appropriate due to the very harsh nature of the site (front line sand dune).
Claire Boost | Coordinator | Okines Community Gardens
We had a wonderful National Tree Day with 18 volunteers to assist with planting trees on the southern bank of Nierinna Creek.
Site preparation began at the end of June with commencement of digging holes and clearing of grass and weeds. Plants were provided by Kingborough Council, Fifteen Trees, G.J. Gardner Homes Hobart and Redbreast Plants. All stakes, guards, weedmats and mulch were provided by Kingborough Council. All bushes, shrubs and trees had guards placed around them as well to protect them from browsing wildlife.
Tony Conlon gave a talk on the wildlife on the reserve. He showed the group where a family of ringtail possums nested in a poplar tree crevice and the site of a platypus burrow currently in use.
During the working bee the weather was very pleasant for physical labour. Unfortunately light rain put a bit of a damper on the BBQ, but didn’t stop it from going ahead. Sponsors for the BBQ were Banjos in Margate, Fifteen Trees, G.J. Gardner Hobart and Tramway Hill Landcare Group.
Many thanks to everyone who turned up to assist, especially all those volunteers who live outside the Kingborough municipality. In particular, a massive thank you to Ludek from G.J. Gardner Homes Hobart for supplying us with 220 trees.
Roz Thurn | Tramway Hill Landcare Group coordinator | Nierinna Reserve
Thank you Ludek for taking your team out to Okines tree planting day. Your local community is very appreciative of your input, both with funding for the 480 trees and for your attendance on the day. Your trees have gone to 4 great homes.
Slàinte – Colleen