Harrison Funerals ‘strive to ensure that every family’s funeral experience is a positive one and through (their) care and service (they) are able to ease some of the grief and assist the healing process’. In line with this statement, through Fifteen Trees, Harrison Funerals plant one mature tree for every funeral service.

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Last month, Shaun O’Loughlin and his students from Scotsburn Primary School planted 20 mature trees to maintain and enhance the school grounds.

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The Scotsburn Campus are extremely grateful that Harrison Funerals have provided them with an opportunity to help beautify their school. In recent times, many trees at the small campus had to be cut down and removed as they were seen as dangerous when inspected by an arborist. Through the support of Maree and Brian Harrison and Fifteen Trees, the campus has now planted 20 mature trees of various sizes.

With Scotsburn being a Landcare School, ensuring that the students are aware of the positive impact that they can have on their environment is extremely important to them. Although still a work in progress, the staff and students have planted a number of trees and shrubs throughout the school grounds, which when further developed, will prove to be wonderful learning opportunities. Much of the work has occurred during the weekly Friday rotations, where students are split into mixed age groups to maintain the school grounds, gardens and animals and also participate in cooking classes. The love of the environment and interest that the students show in their school environment is fantastic to see.

The Scotsburn campus staff and students look forward to watering and maintaining the new trees and plants, and hope to be involved in this wonderful project in the future.

Shaun O’Loughlin | Teacher | Scotsburn Primary School

This year Maree and Brian Harrison will donate 100 mature trees to community groups across the Ballarat district. One hundred trees that would not have made it into the ground without their generous support. In years to come, countless school children will be playing around those trees, sitting in their shade and swinging from their branches.

Thank you Maree and Brian.

Slàinte – Colleen