Some of our tree planting partners are quietly racking up whole forests. G.J. Gardner Homes is one of our strongest supporters, having planted 56,000 trees with us over the past 8 years. That impressive number comes as a result of G.J. Gardner planting 15 trees for every home it builds in Tasmania and Victoria. And as a well-established building company with a reputation for quality and reliability, it is a popular choice.



My favourite shot taken as the storm that blasted Melbourne was coming in. You can just make out Mt Buninyong in the distance. Nick McKinley | Coordinator | Meredith Landcare Group



G.J. Gardner prides itself on being a practical, hands-on family affair, and in past years staff have happily got down and dirty and planted their trees themselves. This year, of course, everything is a bit different, and volunteer groups are managing the actual roots-in-ground part of the process with small numbers of their own volunteers. To keep the local connection, all trees are planted near the offices managing the builds, between 200-900 trees for every district. Local Landcare groups work out the best trees for the job – usually indigenous natives – and source the seedlings. The seedlings themselves are often grown by local independent nurseries who have collected seed from the region by hand (with the proper licensing, of course).



This shot shows much of the whole planting site in the bend of the river. You can see the ‘Work For Victoria’ team. Nick McKinley | Coordinator | Meredith Landcare Group



G.J. Gardner’s core business is building homes. Safe, secure places for families to grow and thrive for many years to come. We love that alongside this G.J. Gardner is planting forests, which is very much the same thing – safe, secure places for fauna and flora to grow and thrive for many years to come.

Rob McMaster and Wayne Jones from G.J. Gardner Homes Ballarat are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year Rob, Wayne and their team purchased 675 native plants trees for the Meredith Landcare Group and their project with ‘Work for Victoria’.


These native plants, shrubs and trees were integrated into current projects where numerous landholders are protecting and enhancing remnant vegetation by planting indigenous trees.

Thank you to G.J. Gardner Ballarat for your continued support of our native environment.

Nick McKinley | Coordinator | Meredith Landcare Group

GJ Gardner

If you are also interested in how your business and Fifteen Trees could work together, contact Melinda at <[email protected]> and ask for a no obligation proposal.


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