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, 000 trees planted by schools, landcare and various environmental groups.

Luke O’Connor and Andrew Timms from G. J. Gardner Homes Melbourne Inner East are generous supporter of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year, the Dandenong South team purchased 360 trees for the Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group and the Shire of Yarra Ranges.


Iconic platypus with friends at the Platypus Festival


On September 12th at Belgrave Lake Park, the Southern Dandenong Landcare Group in conjunction with Shire of Yarra Ranges ran their 10th Platypus Festival. The day was a huge success aimed at environmental education and fun! We had a water and native animal education, Didgeridoo Circle, entertainment from a local hills band, with Platypus songs included. Screen printing and weaving were a few of the activities.

The kids were invited and guided with planting 360 trees along the riparian section of Monbulk Creek to help protect the waterways for our iconic mammal, the Platypus!

Thank you to G.J. Gardner Homes for donating the trees for our festival.

Jackie Glen | Facilitator |Southern Dandenong Landcare Group


Tree planting at the festival


Once again thank you to Luke and Andrew for your kind donation of the trees for the festival planting. Supporting our tree planting projects is a tangible way to also support your local community. This festival is locally run and attracts 100s of families every year. There the children are educated (and entertained) about how to look after our native environment and they also get the opportunity to play and be in nature.


The child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of the child and the health of the Earth are inseparable.

Richard Louv | Author |  Last Child in the Woods


Sláinte – Colleen