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 help support the local community.
Chris and Tanya Dell from G. J. Gardner Homes Launceston are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year, Chris and Tanya purchased 420 trees for the Wynyard district of Tasmania . The trees were planted by members of Wynyard Landcare on June 16th.
On the day of the tree planting it was clearing from overnight rain, having rained for the previous two days. A cold wind was blowing and the ground was rather muddy. Even so a dozen turned out to plant trees. The day did get better with the sun shining strong by midday. The day passed very quickly and demonstrates that a dozen volunteers can achieve a lot in a reasonably short time.
During the planting, we demonstrated how revegetation with native plants can be undertaken with out loss of production. The actual planting on a diary farm was decided upon for three purposes; the first and primary purpose being to provide better habitat for native animals, birds and insects. The secondary purpose being to provide a shelter belt and the third purpose being to reduce soil degradation, particularly where planting was adjacent to a watercourse.
The choice of plants was derived from local endemic species with other Tasmanian species used to increase bird habitat.
Thank you to G.J. Gardner Launceston for the sponsorship of this planting day.
Ian Newman | Secretary | Wynyard Landcare.
Trees for a great project. Thank you to Chris and Tanya for providing the trees to Ian and his team to help look after our native birds and mammals, and also to help look after our soil and rivers too.
Sláinte – Colleen
Colleen Filippa is the Founder & Director of Fifteen Trees. This year, the company celebrates 10 years and over 130,000 trees planted. To be part of the movement of companies looking to make a tangible contribution to our rural communities and our native environment, contact Colleen at <[email protected]> or on 0400 040 659.