Regular followers of Fifteen Trees will know that the team behind hockingstuart are enthusiastic supporters of our tree planting projects. For every house sold, hockingstuart (through Fifteen Trees) plants five trees. All up this year, 1250 trees have gone into the ground courtesy of hockingstuart.
Many of these trees were planted by students, reflecting the strong links to community and local environment that have made hockingstuart such a familiar part of the Victorian real estate landscape. Urquhart Primary School recently planted 200 trees. Ballarat High School also got involved, proving that trees and good intentions will get kids of all ages out of doors, even in the middle of a Central Highlands winter. The remainder of the trees were planted by Melbourne school students who made their way to Narmbool at different times throughout the season.
Tree plantings organised through Fifteen Trees are almost always part of a larger, site-specific project, including the plantings at Narmbool sponsored by hockingstuart. Narmbool, a heritage property near Elaine, has 2 long-term goals: one to create habitat around its water bodies and two, to create native corridors for fauna migration across its extensive paddocks. Revegetating Narmbool has not been without its challenges. It was ravaged by bushfires in 2015 and the property is prone to erosion. Therefore, very tree planted has a purpose, and every tree will contribute to a healthier, more diverse, and more resilient ecosystem. Fifteen Trees has been the go-between in this case, connecting the sponsor, the students, and the project.
Planting trees might not be uppermost in mind when one is in the midst of buying or selling property. But afterwards perhaps, when the dust has settled, it’s lovely to know that for hockingstuart clients this simple, wholesome, optimistic gesture has been part and parcel of the transaction. Thank you to Tim Valpied and Tony Douglass for your sponsorship and commitment to our beautiful natural environment in Ballarat and surrounds. Thank you also to Matt and Damon from Narmbool who have coordinated the plantings.
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