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.
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).
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.
All plants received were in great condition and made planting really pleasant. Regan and I allocated locations for different plant species early on, as the hillside has a varied range of soil types, ranging from heavy clay to sandy loamy soil. With a few natural wet ‘gullies’ in which we focused backwoods and tea trees.
I am so proud on what we have achieved here in such a short period of time! I am so excited and passionate to return this hillside and dam area to its former glory. As I believe it sits in a very important area and can be a positive change to the river system.
Shout out to the G.J. Gardner team at Launceston for purchasing these trees on our behalf.
Lachlan Parkinson | President | Tammar NRM (Natural Resource Management)
When planting commenced, we had a clear, weed free, open site to work with. The soil was moist, friable & rock free, so planting was an easy, although long task! Consequently, this once weed infested site, will be covered in a diverse range of locally occurring native species!
W’d like to thank GJ Gardner Homes and Fifteen Trees, for the support given to myself and so many others around the country. I feel It is so important to establish and keep safe our native ecological habitats. So, thank you for that!!
Lachlan and Regan Parkinson | Members | Tammar NRM (Natural Resource Management)
Chris and Tanya Dell from G.J. Gardner Homes Launceston are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year Tanya and Chris and their team purchased 225 native plants trees for Tammar Natural Resource Management to be planted Norwood, Tasmania
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