CERES (Centre of Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) is an award winning, not-for-profit park located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in Melbourne. The park offers many services including a food market, nursery, cafe, education programs and guided tours.

They walk the talk at CERES by encouraging school groups to chip in to buy 2 trees to cover the carbon footprint of their visit to and from CERES. Over the past 4 terms, 285 schools have purchased 2 trees. Taking the tally for the 12 months to 570 trees.




We have spread the CERES love and planted the trees across 3 sites. Donald Cemetery planted 40 trees, students from St Joseph The Worker in Reservoir North planted 60 trees and Westgate Biodiversity have planted 470 trees have been at Westgate Park, Melbourne.


Students from St Joseph The Worker Primary School.


We are creating an indigenous wildlife corridor around our school oval. It will also filter stormwater runoff going into the local creek.

Thank you Fifteen Trees and CERES for contributing to our planting project at our primary school.

Vicki De Leo | Classroom Teacher | St Joesph the Worker PS Reservoir North


Westgate Biodiversity under the Westgate Bridge, Melbourne.  

Hi Colleen,

What a great day Sunday turned out to be – great weather for this time of the year and a MAGNIFICENT TURNOUT OF FRIENDS of FIFTEEN TREES!

Today we watered the plants in and collected the pots – total 460 plants in the ground. We have another big group tomorrow so we should get in the remaining plants then.

Thank you so much to everyone for your support of our group.

Tony Flude | President | Westgate Biodiversity


Donald Cemetery Trust planting trees. 


Hi Colleen,

The tree’s were planted by a group of students from the local high school (Donald High School) and their teachers. Liz from the local plant nursery was there overseeing the planting and showing the students how to make up the tree guards.  Owen Duncan (Cemetery Trustee), Robert Dunstan (Trustee), his wife, Elaine and myself were also there and assisted with planting and watering in.

The aim of the planting is for the trees and shrubs when fully grown to act as a windbreak as well as cut the dust from the grain bunker development. It can be very unpleasant for mourners if the wind is from the west and raising dust.  There is an old planting of gum trees along over half of this western boundary and this planting will complete the plantation along that fence line.

Please extend our thanks to those who have kindly paid for our trees.

Vivienne Davidson | Secretary | Donald Public Cemetery Trust


Thank you to Shane French from CERES who initiated the relationship between Fifteen Trees and CERES and came up with the fabulous idea to encourage school who visit the environmental farm to purchase trees to reduce their carbon footprint.

Sláinte – Colleen