Having a deep affinity with nature since he was a little boy in the 1940s, Keith Ridsdale has always sought to preserve the environment in his various pursuits – be it sustainable fishing, protecting the waterways and encouraging a habitat for healthy native bird life.


Keith has always shared his skills in recognising bird calls with those around him, something he learned when he was young and his fascination would find him climbing trees to identify birds nests, collecting eggs from abandoned nests, and aiding lost and unwell birds to safety.


Keith is turning 80!


In his happiest place, Keith can be found by a body of water, surrounded by native trees and birdsong, fishing rod in hand. A long-standing volunteer member of Ballarat Fish Protection & Angling Club, Ballarat Fly Fishing Club, Ballarat Fish Acclimatisation Society & Hatcheries, his love of habitat protection for our waterways extended to running education sessions for school children to understand the importance of preserving our dams, rivers, lakes and oceans.


His connection to the bush still runs deep as he enters his 80thyear on Planet Earth. His family thought the best gift for a man of such a love of water, nature and the bush, would be to give back to the natural world he loves most.


Tree Tally – 35


If you would like to purchase native trees via Fifteen Trees to honour Keith’s 80thBirthday here are a couple of options:

  • Purchase any number of trees ($4.80/tree) via direct deposit to – Fifteen Trees / Bendigo Bank / BSB 633 000/ Account 137 687 554. Please ensure you make a note that the trees are for Keith.


  • Purchase trees via credit card (PayPal). Please note you do not have to be a PayPal subscriber to use this secure site.

Number of trees.


Once we have a final number, we will arrange for the trees to be planted in the Ballarat District of Victoria and this blogpost will be updated with; photos of the trees, short narrative from the planting group and will include the names of those who have contributed (if you wish to remain anonymous please let us know).

Many happy returns Keith, what a wonderful group of loving family and friends you have gathered around you. And of course, the planet gathers around you too.


Sláinte – Colleen

Colleen Filippa | Director + Founder | Fifteen Trees