Wojcicki Constructions is a Daylesford construction company specialising in custom home builds. Steven Wojcicki (with over 20 years industry experience) is Director of the company, and works with project manager Yuliya Wojcicki to deliver award-winning, often breathtaking home builds and renovations.
Daylesford is renowned for its natural beauty and restful atmosphere. It’s no surprise that Steven’s carpentry work reflects this aesthetic, and often features beautiful timber accents. He takes this commitment to and respect for natural materials to its logical next step and is implementing strategies to reduce his business’s environmental impact. One of these strategies includes partnering with Fifteen Trees.
Wojcicki Constructions now aims to plant one tree for each square metre of every new build, starting with an estimate of 100 trees per project. With construction work in train at Tylden and Korweinguboora, 200 trees have already been planted. The trees went to 2 planting groups:
- West Grow – 150 trees,
- Hopkins Falls Landcare Group – 50 trees.
One hundred and fifty (150) trees went into the ground as part of the Grow West Program around the Werribee Gorge State Park and Lerderderg State Park areas of Victoria.
It has been a quiet year on the landscape change front with only three sites participating in revegetation activities. We even had to cancel our our much-anticipated annual Grow West Community Planting Day, that normally attracts 200-300 volunteers from across the region.
Getting the trees in the ground this year then became a family affair.
Despite all the challenges that 2020 has presented, Grow West and its landholders were able to continue contributing to a greener, brighter future for our children and we look forward to organising more plantings next year with our wonderful supporters.
Emma Muir | Coordinator | Grow West Program
Another 50 trees were planted down the coast at Warrnambool by the Hopkins Landcare Network. This group is working tirelessly to restore native vegetation to the beautiful areas around the Hopkins Falls and Hopkins River. Planting habitat trees for their local wild koala populations is always a priority.
This year saw our plantings happen in the Covid world which unfortunately changed our usual community gatherings to just family gatherings to get trees planted.
The trees were planted in an area above Hopkins Falls on the riverbanks of the Hopkins River with a continued effort to increase wildlife habitat with focus on trees popular with koala populations. Given our mild winter and early spring rain I’m sure we will have lots of success with trees.
We would like to thank Fifteen Trees who are a delight to work with, always available to assist where necessary. And thank you too to their supporters for their generous contribution of providing trees for our area, we look forward to working with you all into the future.
Jane O’Beirne | President | Hopkins Falls Landcare Group
There is a lovely feeling of balance about planting trees at the same time as building a house. They are two versions of home. Both essential for life as we know it, both requiring skill and care to bring them into being. When these two Wojcicki builds are complete, the trees that we planted for them will be establishing themselves deep in the earth, preparing for long lives of providing habitat, shelter, and food for native creatures.
Thank you to both Steven and Yuliya Wojcicki for your support. Two hundred trees! A Wojcicki forest.
If you are interested in supporting our native environment, please contact Melinda Tant <email@example.com>.
Article by Sarah Hart.
Sarah is a self-taught 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.