Earlier this year we ran a campaign on Instagram asking people to tag us in their favourite tree photos. We called it ‘Trees of Where I Am’. We wanted to know about the beloved trees. The trees that brighten a daily walk, that shelter the grandchildren, that survive against all odds, that give the horizon its distinctive shape.
We promised to plant one tree for every post we were tagged in, up to sixty posts. And boy, did the tree lovers deliver!
We were tagged in photographs of all manner of treasured trees, from giant gums to straggly old pines. There is no doubt that trees hold a special place in our hearts, and this annual homage to those extra special specimens is one of our most joyful campaigns.
The sixty seedlings we promised have been planted in the Campaspe Valley region in Victoria. The Campaspe Valley Landcare group has several tree-planting projects on the go. Despite the obvious difficulties of 2020, committed volunteers have made excellent progress in one of the best planting seasons in years.
The new trees will help revegetate degraded areas, establish wildlife corridors, and reduce salinity in the water table. They’ve had the best possible start, and we reckon they’re here for the long haul. Who knows, in a decade or two one of them might even feature in a future ‘Trees of Where I Am’!
If you’re not already following us on Instagram (#15.trees) you definitely should – lots of pictures of trees, snippets of biology, climate titbits and more. Plus, of course, lots of pictures of our beloved trees.
P.S. We also planted 60 trees last year for #treesofwhereiam. Here is the post to those trees.
Writer – Sarah Hart.
Sarah is an artist whose passions include the stories and experiences of women and narrative driven creative work. Her aim is to delight, to reveal glimpses of everyday beauty, and to celebrate flights of the ordinary. Sarah works across a range of media, with an abiding interest in pen and ink, mixed media and the human form. You can find Sarah here.