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.
Garry Cox and Gill Hardman from G. J. Gardner Homes Bass Coast are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year Garry and Gill purchased 405 trees for the Phillip Island Landcare Group.
On Saturday the 31st of August, 22 volunteers attended a tree planting activity at the Dever property on McFees Road at Rhyll, as a part of the Phillip Island Landcare Groups community planting program for 2019. This project has assistance from the G.J. Gardner Homes Tree Program which generously provided plants for the project. The volunteers were from all over Phillip Island and were very interested in helping to revegetate this project site which had some existing remnant vegetation and linked directly to a high-quality coastal area of remnant vegetation.
The environmental benefits from this project are huge. The site directly links to a RAMSAR Wetland which provides habitat for a lot of estuarine water birds and other animals. By fencing out this site we were protecting remnant Swamp Scrub vegetation which directly links to this wetland, as well as extending vegetation up the hill and enhancing at least 3 hectares of extra land which was vegetated.
We would like to thank G.J. Gardener Homes group for supplying trees for this site. The Phillip Island Landcare group are grateful for the support of this group over recent years in helping fund plants for a variety of projects over the last 3 years.
Geoff Trease | Coordinator | Phillip Island Landcare Group
Thank you Garry and Gill for enabling this project to go ahead by purchasing 405 native trees and shrubs for your local Landcare Group. Thank you also to Geoff 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.