Ross Morley, Managing Director of G. J. Gardner Homes has been supporting our native environment (through Fifteen Trees) since 2013 and has now helped plant over 44,000 trees across Victoria and Tasmania. For every new home built, Fifteen Trees organises the planting of 15 trees in the local district. This year alone the project will see over 11, 310 trees planted by schools, landcare and various environmental groups.

Mark and Karyn Pemmelaar from G. J. Gardner Homes Essendon are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year, the Essendon team purchased 315 trees for Lyn Holdsworth and the Friends of Toolern Creek Landcare Group. Joining with Mark and Karyn were Sacha Wallace and Kenji Yeo, and from head office in Tullamarine, Jess Morris, Daniel McNamara , Adam Gleeson and Corey Heard.


Planting day with GJG Essendon and Head office

“Thank you to GJG for helping us out with our tree planting projects at Toolern Creek. It was terrific to have you at the planting site putting in the trees (315) you generously purchased for us through Fifteen Trees.

The GJG office must be a wonderful place to work. To allow your workers to leave the office to come plant is a wonderful gesture. And it is very much appreciated”.

Lyn Holdsworth | President | Friends of Toolern Creek.


On Thursday July 26th, the sun shone beautifully to allow GJG to plant. They were accompanied by local school students from Melton Primary, with teachers and parents. The children’s role was to hammer in the stakes. And what a job they did. After 2 hours of work, all trees had been planted and morning tea was served. Fresh sandwiches and homemade cake.


Toolern Creek, Melton

Team building is an important part of a company’s activities. Making friends in the workplace is the best way to increase productivity in the office and friendships can be encouraged through team building. Taking time to take the team out of the office for a day (or morning in this case), shows the employees that they are valued and the company is interested in their wellbeing. People tend to think more creatively when they are surrounded by people they like and are comfortable with. So, team building can lead to a more successful and creative workplace.

Finally, a team building activity such as tree planting not only helps people communicate and work better together, but at the same time it is supporting community groups working hard to revegetate the natural environment. Win Win!

Sláinte – Colleen

To find out out more information about corporate tree planting days, here is your link.