Textural, natural, local, sustainable – just a few words to sum up the ethos of Bendigo homewares and lifestyle store maude & maple. It’s a place of relaxed comfort, earthy colours, and ethical busines practices. On top of this, owner Kirsty Nevinson is proud to extend maude &maple’s commitment to the broader environment by partnering with Fifteen Trees to plant 100 trees in 2021.

 

 

Kirsty and co-owner Kurt share a strong connection to Bendigo, having gone to school and met each other in the thriving goldfields town. Several years and many adventures later, Bendigo seemed the logical home for their boutique business venture. A strong sense of place is evident in the store’s product range, which features many locally made pieces, as well as beautiful work from across the country.

As Kirsty says, ‘maude & maple has a strong focus on sustainability, the community and is mindful of our impact on the environment. We are always looking for ways to minimise the effect we have on the environment’.

 

Debra Borg at Redhills, VIC.

 

Of the 100 trees, some were planted at the property of Andrew and Debra Borg in Redbank by the Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network (BNGLN); some along the road-side reserve and the rest into the Conservation area adjacent to the Kara Kara National Park.  The conservation area is an area set aside to connect the riparian area alongside the Cherry Tree Creek and the National Park.  The group are embarking upon a captive breeding program for the endangered Squirrel Glider, which was last seen in this area in 1998.  Hopefully, one day some of these animal’s descendants will get to re-enter the bush via this conservation area.

 

The Squirrel Glider

 

It’s safe to say that planting 100 trees will both minimise maude & maple’s business impact and provide far-reaching environmental benefits. Just as a town needs lots of small businesses in order to truly flourish, so an eco-system needs lots of trees to anchor it. maude & maple’s trees will form an integral part of the landscape they end up in and contribute to its health in multiple ways. While the native fauna in decades ahead might not know who is responsible for their habitat, food, shelter and stability, we certainly do. And we’re very grateful.

We hope that this is one small business whose big warm heart will remain an integral part of Bendigo’s streetscape for many years to come.

To find out how we can help you run your small business with a small carbon footprint, contact Melinda <[email protected]>

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.