In July this year, a small army of volunteers planted out more than a thousand trees at a site near Donald (Vic), between Lake Boke and Lake Gil Gil. Of the thousand trees, 500 were kindly purchased by Anna Gaylard, Kerry Kerlin, Jay Barker and Ashley Jolly from Howell Rail. This innovating company are well known for the design and development aspect of rail equipment, specialized tools and attachments.



Volunteers to plant the trees, came form a number of different organisations including Fredrick Harold Sock Co, Esoteric Music Festival, Donald and District Landcare and the local community. The planting site, about 5 km north of Donald is and owned by the Goldsmith family and is adjacent to both Lake Gil Gil and Lake Buloke.

Trees ready for planting.


Both Lake Gil Gil and Lake Buloke are of of high ecological and community significance. Lake Buloke is the terminal lake of the Avon-Richardson river system. Lake Gil Gil provides important habitat for many species including the carpet python.

The team of local and visiting helpers donned their winter woolies to get out on the land. Fueled by home made scones, the planters worked tirelessly on Saturday and Sunday.  All tree species were native to the area pre-agriculture.

These trees, will not only provide habitat for local wildlife, they will also give shade, prevent soil erosion and reduce salinity levels.

Thank you to Howell Rail for your assistance in our revegetation work at Donald and surrounds. It is very much appreciated.

Kevin Spence | Facilitator | Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare.

















Thank you to Anna and Kerry for contacting us and being so readily to support. And thank you also to Kevin and his team at the Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network for coordinating the site, the nursery and the volunteers to come help plant. And for also providing the equipment and logistical support for the planting day.


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.