October 30, 2019


From Brunswick to Westgate Park.


    CERES (a Community Environmental Park in Brunswick) is an award-winning not-for-profit sustainability centre located on Wurundjeri land, by the banks of the Merri Creek. It’s a rare Melbourne schoolchild who hasn’t enjoyed an excursion or outing to CERES, or been involved in one of its wide range of education programs. CERES has a broad, multi-faceted reach, with an overall mission to maintain a practical conversation about how we can live well together in a sustainable way. As one small part of this, it encourages schools to reduce the carbon footprint of their CERES excursion travel emissions by contributing to the purchase of two trees per excursion – and most do.     Semester One, 2019 trees (102) were planted directly under the Westgate Bridge, Port Melbourne VIC. The park (Westgate Park) is managed by friends and volunteers of Westgate Biodiversity who attend planting and maintenance sessions at the park most weeks. They also manage a nursery, Bili Nursery that is open to the public.  
The planting team from Westgate Biodiversity.
  A special shout-out to Tony Flude, George Fotheringham and their team from Westgate Biodiversity who manage Westgate Park. The founder of the Park, 19 year old Naomie Sunner, discovered the Park back in 1999. She thought this neglected, abandoned park – the closest she could get to the river mouth – was nonetheless beautiful and had such potential! When she realised that there was no-one looking after the Park, she started her own group called Friends of Westgate Park. Both Tony and George were 2 early members.  
Westgate Biodiversity members and other volunteers gave up part of their Saturday to improve Westgate Park’s Southern Wetlands. This area was added to the park several years ago and has undergone a transformation. Using plants provided by the amazing CERES, the wetlands area is a stunning addition to the Park especially with the spring flowering plants. Tony Flude | Co-ordinator | Westgate Biodiversity
  Once again, thank you to the team at CERES who regularly kick in to support our community tree planting projects. These trees are closer to home than usual. I hope you do get to visit the Park one day to see what an amazing place it is – right in the heart of Melbourne.   Sláinte – Colleen   Colleen Filippa is the Founder and Director of Fifteen Trees. This year, Fifteen Trees celebrates 10 years. To be part of the movement of people looking to make a tangible contribution to our community groups and our native environment, contact Colleen at <[email protected]> or on 0400 040 659.  



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.