January 23, 2023


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Bombora. Ethical Ethos!

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 every piece of furniture created, Fifteen Trees plants a tree.



Bombora Custom Furniture, based in Torquay, VIC 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.





Since 2015, this small family enterprise has incorporated a ‘one piece – one tree’ policy as part of their business practice. For every piece of furniture created, Fifteen Trees plants a tree.


These plantings help to reduce the environmental impact of freight and general equipment maintenance associated with running a business. In fact, as the pieces themselves are crafted from recycled and often locally sourced timber, Bombora is arguably creating a net benefit to the environment, something for us all to aspire to.


As the Collins’ put it, ‘we take sustainability and being eco-responsible very seriously and are constantly reviewing our business practices to ensure that our only impact is to make the environment better.’



2022 Planting

This year, we planted 100 of Bombora’s trees in the beautiful district of the Brisbane Ranges, VIC. less than an hours drive north of their hometown of Torquay. The planting was coordinated by Robert Hall from the local Landcare group. The trees were a mixture of local species of Acacia, Banksia, Bursaria and Eucalyptus.


A handful of the hardworking volunteers on site. 


The planting site was on the Geelong-Ballan Road, on northern side of the Brisbane Ranges National Park. On Durdidwarrah Land. The planting group worked with a Land Management Consultant to help develop a plan, with particular emphasis on planting indigenous vegetation. In time, this site will be a thriving native corridor for the local population of koalas, echidnas, reptiles, kangaroos and wombats, as they make their way to and from the National Park nearby.


A sea of well protected seedlings, all containing future koala habitat trees.


2021 Planting

Carrying on their dedication to planting trees for protection of our natural world, 2021 saw another 100 trees planted for Bombora at Bellarine Peninsula in a protected Ramsar wetland and threatened Coastal Saltmarsh vegetation site.


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The Ramsar wetland – a threatened Coastal Saltmarsh vegetation site


Providing productive habitats for a wide range of species, including migratory shorebirds, plus supporting commercial and recreational fishing, Australia’s mangroves and saltmarshes are ecologically important ecosystems linking the land and sea.

What many are unaware of the fact that mangroves and coastal wetlands annually sequester carbon at a rate two to four times greater than mature tropical forests and store three to five times more carbon per equivalent area than tropical forests. Most coastal carbon is stored in the soil, not in above-ground plant material as is the case with tropical forests.


2019 Planting

Bombora has recently purchased 100 trees through Fifteen Trees. These were headed to a property near Wangoon, Warrnambool. The site is an ex-pine plantation, and the revegetation project is designed to alleviate the harm a monoculture tree crop can do to the soil, and to the surrounding biodiversity in general. Hopkins Falls Landcare Group hopes the planting, which contains many Manna Gums, will help build resilience in local fauna. The local koala population for example, indigenous to the nearby Framlingham forest, desperately needs more habitat corridors in the surrounding landscape. Diverse tree and shrub corridor plantings enable a wide range of species to broaden their horizons, giving them some protection against food scarcity and disease, habitat threats like fire or flood, and allow new family groups to emerge and thrive.


The site at Wangoon, Warrnambool.


Care, respect, and love for the natural world is evident in every beautifully waxed and immaculately crafted piece of furniture Luke makes. It is so heartening to know that that same care, respect and love for nature extends to the Collins’ business practices. The ‘one piece – one tree’ undertaking gives the old wood itself – the very heart of Bombora – new life. And that new life will go on to benefit and strengthen fragile ecosystems for decades into the future.


2015 Planting

Bombora Custom Furniture is an Australian family-owned business run by husband and wife team Luke and Alison Collins.  The timber furniture is hand crafted in Torquay on the Victorian Surf Coast. A quick look at the website will show you just how beautiful their furniture is and how creative this couple are.


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Hills of Flowerdale with remnant gums.


Alison contact Fifteen Trees asking for 100 trees to be planted on the behalf of their customers. A lovely and generous gesture. Bombora trees were planted up in the shire of Murrindindi Shire of central Victoria in September 2015.


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Planting team at Flowerdale.


Bombora trees (100) have gone to a hilly site here at Flowerdale. The area was completely fenced off to exclude stock and protect seedlings. The hill we choose to plant on had less than two dozen remnant trees such as Red Stringybark, Yellow Box, Victorian Blue Gum and Long Leafed Box. It is now shaping up. The fire of 2009 swept through this area, however it is slowly being re-vegetated and restored. Thank you Bombora for your kind donation of trees. We were delighted to receive them.

Steve Joblin | Landcare Coordinator | Flowerdale


Thank you Alison and Luke for finding Fifteen Trees (no mean feat) and for your wonderful idea of giving your customers a living gift in return for their patronage.


Writer- Sarah Hart

Sarah is an artist whose passions include the stories and experiences of women and narrative driven 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.




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May 21, 2024
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