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11 03, 2020

Fast Fiction Competition

By |2020-03-22T21:48:44+11:00March 11th, 2020|Blog|11 Comments

If the touches of gold in the trees hadn’t alerted you already, Autumn is upon us. Here, in the Central Goldfields VIC, the Aboriginal season of Kooyang (season of eels) seems to be giving way early to Gwangal Moronn (season of honey bees). It’s a time of slowing down, breathing out, reflection, gratitude.     This year, let’s take some time out to reflect on our own special trees. We [...]

27 02, 2020


By |2020-02-27T13:57:14+11:00February 27th, 2020|Blog, Fifteen Trees|Comments Off on Companies

Want your company to walk the talk when it comes to working sustainably? Here at Fifteen Trees we have you covered with plenty of options of how you can help give some love to the planet and engage your employees and customers.   1. Reduce the carbon footprint of your office. Roughly an employee (EFT) generates 15,000 kg of carbon dioxide per year.  If that sounds like a lot, it [...]

18 02, 2020


By |2020-02-18T15:39:36+11:00February 18th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Eco-sadness.

  As one of our most challenging Australian summers ever, drags towards autumn, many of us are feeling a sadness that’s a little hard to articulate. Maybe we catch a passing news byte and learn that Tasmania’s kelp forests are dying. Maybe it’s an image of dead fish in the Darling that brings tears to our eyes. Sometimes it’s a shattering new economic reality, for others it’s a heart-wrenching loss [...]

11 02, 2020

Why Charlie loves trees!

By |2020-02-11T12:52:49+11:00February 11th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Why Charlie loves trees!

I am in love with trees and I am definitely not immune when it comes to hugging one. It might not seem rational, yet when I get close to these beautiful and quiet swaying giants; I truly believe they are my family. I feel like they are our ancient grandparents, or compassionate witnesses when it comes to time and history. Not every person I know feels so passionate about the [...]

1 01, 2020

From Alex & Stefan to you!

By |2020-01-02T12:52:24+11:00January 1st, 2020|Tree Plantings in Tasmania|Comments Off on From Alex & Stefan to you!

    Ah, the bonbonniere question. To go old-school with the almonds or bulk buy red jelly beans. To custom print that shot glass or wrap a tiny cactus in a ribbon. It’s a tough one. Bonbonniere were originally intended to realistically represent the couple’s life together: sweetness (sugar coating) balancing out life’s inevitable bitterness (almond). It’s cute. We get it. But today’s couples are forging new traditions for a [...]

21 12, 2019

Nourishing us and the planet!

By |2019-12-23T12:22:07+11:00December 21st, 2019|Fifteen Trees, Tree Plantings, Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Nourishing us and the planet!

    Essence Food for the Soul is where 'beautiful meals and feel good food is made'. Located on the Morning Peninsula, Essence combine passion for all things delicious to create meals that are truly nourishment for the soul.   And now they are providing nourishment for the planet in partnership with Fifteen Trees.   Mel, Jim and the team are planting one tree for each of their stockists (60) [...]

21 12, 2019

Trees by Tammer!

By |2020-01-18T20:51:03+11:00December 21st, 2019|Tree Plantings in Tasmania|Comments Off on Trees by Tammer!

In her poem When I am among the trees, beloved nature poet Mary Oliver spoke of trees giving off ‘hints of gladness’. Could anything be more perfect? The list of things trees do for us and for the earth is long indeed, and perhaps the simple fact that we find joy in being around them gets overlooked sometimes. But when we gift a tree to someone we love, part of [...]

21 12, 2019

Trees for you!

By |2020-01-14T15:20:08+11:00December 21st, 2019|Fifteen Trees, Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Trees for you!

In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas seems to be approaching. There is an air of well-intentioned panic in the air, as swarms of people race around to purchase material goods for their loved ones, hoping that this year, the candlestick/photoframe/novelty mug won’t end up in an op-shop three weeks later. Gifting can be a tricky business, both on a personal and an ethical level.     But there is a [...]

16 12, 2019

Harrison Funerals and their gift of 640 mature trees.

By |2020-01-13T10:06:01+11:00December 16th, 2019|Harrison Funerals, Schools, Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Harrison Funerals and their gift of 640 mature trees.

Harrison Funerals ‘strive to ensure that every family’s funeral experience is a positive one and through their care and service they are able to ease some of the grief and assist the healing process’. Since 2010, with the assistance of Fifteen Trees, Harrison Funerals plants one mature tree on the behalf of every family who use their specialised service.     Recently, due to the generosity of this caring couple, 10 [...]

14 12, 2019

A mandate to goodness!

By |2019-12-15T10:19:33+11:00December 14th, 2019|Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on A mandate to goodness!

  Director Natasha Ludowyk from Ludowyk Evaluation offers a full range of program evaluation and research services, including formative and summative evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and strategic advice and consultation. The organisation specialises in devising evaluative systems for programs with long term change agendas and notably have a ... 'mandate to the public good'. It is this mandate that has lead Natasha to Fifteen Trees and to purchasing [...]

10 12, 2019

Pollen applies a sustainability lens.

By |2019-12-10T11:36:04+11:00December 10th, 2019|Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Pollen applies a sustainability lens.

Sydney-based Pollen Consultancy Group takes its bee metaphors seriously. It’s all about collaboration, building connections, working towards a common goal and delivering something real at the end. As a young company, Pollen brings new energy and fresh sensibility to the fast-moving consumer goods sector. It also applies a sustainability lens to the supply chain, looking at everything from environmentally friendly packaging solutions to ethical promotional campaigns.     It’s fitting [...]

10 12, 2019

Ethical Ethos = Trees!

By |2019-12-10T11:13:46+11:00December 10th, 2019|Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Ethical Ethos = Trees!

Bombora Custom Furniture, based in Torquay, makes amazing handcrafted furniture out of timber. Recycled timber. The pieces are absolutely dreamy and each embodies the creative passion and ethical ethos of its creators, Luke and Alison Collins.         For the past five years this small family enterprise has incorporated a ‘one piece – one tree’ policy as part of their business practice. For every piece of furniture created, [...]

10 12, 2019

One tree for each child.

By |2019-12-10T10:56:29+11:00December 10th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on One tree for each child.

How do you let a truly wonderful teacher know just how appreciated they are? A box of chocolates doesn’t seem quite the right fit for someone who has nurtured a group of tiny human beings through a whole year, helping them grow as individuals, instilling a deep love of learning, and equipping them with skills that will last a lifetime. We all know the long hours and emotional resilience required [...]

3 12, 2019

Flying while tree planting.

By |2019-12-03T18:55:24+11:00December 3rd, 2019|Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Flying while tree planting.

Green Design Solutions design sustainable homes for homeowners that are comfortable, healthy and efficient. Their designs embrace the climate and block so that customers can reduce their demand of heating and cooling required in the home. Janine Strachan and the team design new homes and renovation projects that are on grid and off grid.     Green Design Solutions focuses on creating: Sustainable homes – to design solar passive homes that [...]

3 12, 2019

Trees for Change Fest.

By |2019-12-03T18:33:36+11:00December 3rd, 2019|Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Trees for Change Fest.

Do you want a more inclusive, fairer, sustainable Australia? ChangeFest is a gathering of people intent on making change in their communities. It’s a dynamic opportunity to learn, plan, collaborate and progress you and your community’s agenda for change. You are invited to join in a movement intent on changing the systems that hold disadvantage in place. Come to ChangeFest and add your voice, your ideas and learn from one [...]

3 12, 2019

From VIC to TAS with love!

By |2019-12-03T18:01:21+11:00December 3rd, 2019|Tree Plantings in Tasmania|Comments Off on From VIC to TAS with love!

A small sample of what's on offer at Renovators Paradise, Keysborough, VIC.      Simon Hughes from Renovators Paradise is unique in that he specializes in the sale of RECLAIMED building materials. This company encourages recycling and UP-CYCLING. Simon also supports tree planting through Fifteen Trees. This year, we have planted 120 trees for Renovators Paradise on the beautiful island of Tasmania.   Simon's trees were planted at [...]

3 12, 2019

Have you seen the trees?

By |2019-12-03T16:58:49+11:00December 3rd, 2019|Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Have you seen the trees?

Anthony Lister is well known as one of Australia’s best contemporary artists and a pioneer of Australian street art. His work is highly sought after by collectors, and he is represented by premier modern art galleries around the world.     Lister is best known for his work on the streets. He’s even been fined for it (a whole $440!), which probably constitutes a badge of honour more than anything [...]

3 12, 2019

Increasing biodiversity with Nicholson Construction.

By |2019-12-03T16:06:47+11:00December 3rd, 2019|Fifteen Trees, Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Increasing biodiversity with Nicholson Construction.

    From its head office in Ballarat and satellite offices in Bendigo and Warrnambool, Nicholson Construction provides individually tailored, high quality and cost effective commercial construction services. They also provide TREES to community groups! In this case, the team purchased 250 trees for Hopkins Falls Landcare member, David Adams.         Thank you to Richard Nicholson and the team including Bruce Gavin, Dean Stevens, Kasey Cornwell and [...]

27 11, 2019

Trees for The Mallee.

By |2019-12-02T12:01:21+11:00November 27th, 2019|GJG, Major Supporters, Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Trees for The Mallee.

Ross Morley, Managing Director of G. J. Gardner Homes has been supporting our native environment (through Fifteen Trees) since 2013. By the end of this year, Ross and the team at GJG will have helped plant over 56,000 trees across Victoria and Tasmania. For every new home built, Fifteen Trees organises the planting of 15 trees in the local district. This year alone, the relationship between G.J. Gardner Homes and Fifteen Trees, [...]

19 11, 2019

Pomegranate for the Planet.

By |2019-11-19T11:57:23+11:00November 19th, 2019|Tree Plantings, Tree Plantings in Victoria|Comments Off on Pomegranate for the Planet.

Ailsa Lamont runs a consultancy business - Pomegranate Global – that advises education providers on how they can run their operations in a more environmentally aware way. Pomegranate Global emphasises practical solutions to real-life problems, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Ailsa walks the talk when it comes to her own business practices. Even a sustainability consultant cannot operate without some impact on the planet. In recognition of her need [...]