Ross Morley, Managing Director of G. J. Gardner Homes has been supporting our native environment (through Fifteen Trees) since 2013. By the end of this year, Ross and the team at GJG will have helped plant over 56,000 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 relationship between G.J. Gardner Homes and Fifteen Trees, will see over 11,000 trees planted by schools, landcare and various environmental groups.
The partnership with Fifteen Trees, allows G.J. Gardner teams to go into the field for some team building activities as well as giving some support to the local community.
Ludek and Lenka Valta from G. J. Gardner Homes Hobart West are a generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year Ludek and Lenka purchased 600 trees for Sonja Ralph and her hard-working band of community volunteers.
In June, a tree planting day was undertaken by the Dodges Ferry Primary School in a wetland area. The area which was previously a carpark, had been reconstructed to become a wetland once more. The landscaped area will provide a runoff area which, when it rains will channel the water back into the adjacent beach. The channel has been planted with native wetland species to help filter and clean the runoff water before it joins the ocean.
This program was conducted by many volunteers, the school’s ‘Grow and Learn’ program and Landcare, as well as the plants donated by G.J. Gardner. The G.J. Gardner people who attended were, Nathan Trost, Adele Harrison and Meg Gray.
We also planted G. J. Gardner trees at the Okines Community Garden on National Tree Planting Day (July 25th). We wanted to create a new ‘cubby’ space for kids to play in by using native vegetation to create rooms and little nooks for children to play. We also focussed on native plants endemic to the Dodges Ferry area and worked with those.
A local Tasman Peninsula Homeschooling group was invited to join in the planting. They were accompanied by other local volunteers – about 30 people in all. We enjoyed wood-fired pizza from our oven after the task was done.
Sonja Ralph | Community Garden Coordinator | Landcare
Thank you Ludek and Lenka for enabling this project to go ahead by purchasing 600 native trees and shrubs for the Okine Landcare Group. Thank you also to Sonja for finding a site and co-ordinating the planting.
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 <[email protected]> or on 0400 040 659.