September 24, 2020

Trees for the Bellarine Rail Trail.

Some of our tree planting partners are quietly racking up whole forests. G.J. Gardner Homes is one of our strongest supporters, having planted 56,000 trees with us over the past 8 years. That impressive number comes as a result of G.J. Gardner planting 15 trees for every home it builds in Tasmania and Victoria. And as a well-established building company with a reputation for quality and reliability, it is a popular choice.


Bonnyvale Wetlands, Ocean Grove, Victoria


G.J. Gardner prides itself on being a practical, hands-on family affair, and in past years staff have happily got down and dirty and planted their trees themselves. This year, of course, everything is a bit different, and volunteer groups are managing the actual roots-in-ground part of the process with small numbers of their own volunteers. To keep the local connection, all trees are planted near the offices managing the builds, between 200-900 trees for every district. Local Landcare groups work out the best trees for the job – usually indigenous natives – and source the seedlings. The seedlings themselves are often grown by local independent nurseries who have collected seed from the region by hand (with the proper licensing, of course).


Planting site at the Bellarine Rail Trail. 


G.J. Gardner’s core business is building homes. Safe, secure places for families to grow and thrive for many years to come. We love that alongside this G.J. Gardner is planting forests, which is very much the same thing – safe, secure places for fauna and flora to grow and thrive for many years to come.


The Bellarine Rail Trail, Narrows Queenscliff and Bonnyvale Wetlands Ocean Grove Revegetation activities were recently held.

This year, due to Covid-19, our usual community and school groups were not able to participate but Bellarine Catchment Network Staff and Working for Victoria team came in to assist in the revegetation activities. A total of 840 plants were planted into critical habitat thanks to the continued support from GJ Gardner Homes Geelong.

Thank you to Rohan Smith and the team for enabling the continuation of these projects and continued revegetation on the Bellarine.

Matt Crawley | Coordinator | Bellarine Catchment Network


Rohan Smith from G.J. Gardner Homes Geelong are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. This year Rohan and his team purchased 840 native plants and trees for the Bellarine Catchment Network and their project at Bellarine Rail Trail, Narrows Queenscliff and Bonnyvale Wetlands Ocean Grove Revegetation.

If you are also interested in how your business and Fifteen Trees could work together, contact Melinda at <[email protected]> and ask for a no obligation proposal.

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