August 24, 2022


Planted in

Building habitat.

Matthew Stevens from Buxton Real Estate Ballarat is on a quest! He is determined to lighten the footprint on the planet by his pledge to support tree planting projects with 15 trees for every home he sells.



To date that pledge has seen 105 trees planted out on behalf of Matthew from Buxton Real Estate Ballarat via Fifteen Trees and local tree planting groups local to his township Ballarat, for seven clients who have bought their new homes through Matt and his team.


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Matthew has been a real estate agent for over thirty-four years, and over that time has assisted many clients to buy their dream properties. He is an active community member in other arenas such as food security, and he takes his commitment to the environment very personally.


The trees were planted in the Ballarat district of Ross Creek by Ross Creek Landcare. This area is home to many birds of prey such as the Powerful Owl (top L), the Black Kite (top R), the Nankeen Kestrel (bottom L) and the Grey Goshawk (bottom R). All these predatory birds will benefit from the recent planting at these sites. These native trees, shrubs and grasses will attract insects and small mammals that will become a food source for these mighty birds.


Birds of prey or raptors The word raptor is derived from the Latin raptare, “to seize and carry off.”


Thanks to Matthew, the local Ballarat region will enjoy a greener canopy. The trees plus indigenous grasses and shrubs will enable a more ecological environment and will add to the town’s sustainability.


The variety of tree species planted at Ross Creek makes for a healthy ecosystem.


If you are also interested in how your business and Fifteen Trees could work together, contact Colleen at <[email protected]> and ask for a proposal or check out our COMPANY page for more info.



Lou Ridsdale is a big fan of words and has been our Comms Manager since 2019.

She is a big-minded green thumb, Earth Lover, big-hearted nature freak plus a savvy media and horticulture expert, who passionately believe that everyone can lead a more nourishing and sustainable life. Her passion for education + communication being the most empowering tool for change is reflected as her role as Founder of Food Is Free Inc. a unique grassroots food security platform specialising in food security education. She fell in love with trees after reading The Magic Faraway Tree as a child. You can find Lou here



June 18, 2024
Furnx is taking proactive steps each day and planning into the future, to ensure their company is part of a circular economy. Reducing waste and consumption of resources, and increasing recycling and reuse of materials is top of mind in every business decision they make, contributing to a more sustainable world. And now they are planting trees!


June 18, 2024
‘We feel very grateful, thankful and quite overwhelmed when we think about the contributions of all of the people involved. The project would not have happened without the support from sponsors of Fifteen Trees and such sterling efforts from Landcare and all the volunteers’. Kinglake Landcare.


June 17, 2024
‘We have some amazing customers who buy a tree as an extra when they book a tour with us. We have also bought some to help mother nature’. EcoTreasures.