Essence Food for the Soul is where ‘beautiful meals and feel good food is made’. Located on the Morning Peninsula, Essence combine passion for all things delicious to create meals that are truly nourishment for the soul.


And now they are providing nourishment for the planet in partnership with Fifteen Trees.


Mel, Jim and the team are planting one tree for each of their stockists (60) as a thank you for choosing Essence. Plus they purchased another 15 trees to ensure their work vehicle is running carbon neutral for the next 12 months. All up 75 trees for the planet.




The trees headed to a property near Warrnambool, VIC. The site is an ex-pine plantation, and the revegetation project is designed to alleviate the harm a monoculture tree crop can do to the soil, and to the surrounding biodiversity in general. Hopkins Falls Landcare Group hopes the planting, which contains many Manna Gums, will help build resilience in local fauna. The local koala population for example, indigenous to the nearby Framlingham forest, desperately needs more habitat corridors in the surrounding landscape. Diverse tree and shrub corridor plantings enable a wide range of species to broaden their horizons, giving them some protection against food scarcity and disease, habitat threats like fire or flood, and allow new family groups to emerge and thrive.


Planting the trees.


Corporate social responsibility can take many forms but for us … tree planting hits a number of targets! Community groups benefit as they receive free trees for their projects. The environment benefits as trees mean habitat for the native insects, birds, reptiles and mammals. And companies benefit too. ‘Through CSR programs, companies can help society while promoting their own brands. Corporate social responsibility can boost morale and can help both employees and employers feel more connected with the world around them’ (


Thank you Mel for contacting us at Fifteen Trees and for purchasing 75 trees for one of our favourite community planting projects.


Sláinte – Colleen

Colleen Filippa is the Founder and Director of Fifteen Trees. This year, Fifteen Trees celebrates 10 years. To be part of the movement of companies looking to make a tangible contribution to our community groups and our native environment, contact Colleen at <> or on 0400 040 659.