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.
Rebecca and Steve Moore from G.J. Gardner Homes Melbourne East are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year Rebecca and Steve and their team purchased 165 native plants and trees for Friends of Blind Creek and their project with Knox City Council at Wantirna South, Victoria.
Due to COVID the Friends of Blind Creek Billabong group were unable to plant the tube stock provided but luckily council was able to assist. Council was fortunate to have four Working for Victoria participants working within the Biodiversity for three months. These participants were university graduates in Environmental Science or Zoology who had recently lost their current jobs due to COVID. This was a great opportunity to for them to assist the community and put their skills to work.
The tube stock provided to the team was supplied by the Knox Environmental Society (KES) and purchased by G.J Gardner Homes Melbourne East.
On behalf of the Friends of Blind Creek Billabong and Knox City Council we thank G.J Gardner and Fifteen Trees for your support.
Dru Taylor | Bushland Officer | Knox City Council
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