November 7, 2022


Planted in

DKSH to the rescue.

Five hundred indigenous trees, shrubs and ground cover have been firmly planted into the ground at Westgate Park to benefit the landscape, waterways and air quality thanks to global heavyweights DKSH Performance Materials.



Global heavyweights when it comes to market expansion services, DKSH Performance Materials division serve their business partners via networks and industry expertise, helping their partners to grow and reach new and existing markets. DKSH offer their business partners assistance across the healthcare, consumer goods, performance materials and tech sectors.

Aside from a commitment to assisting disadvantaged communities across the world, DKSH’s strong sustainable policies are impressive. This includes their membership with the UN Global Compact initiative (largest corporate responsibility initiative worldwide) to further strengthen their commitment to running a sustainable company.


The team!


Recently, we organised a tree planting day with the team from DKSH Performance Materials at Westgate Park in Port Melbourne, VIC. The park is managed by Parks Victoria alongside Westgate Biodiversity. Not only did DKSH purchase 500 native plants for the park, but they also organised to leave their office for the morning to actually go out to assist in the planting.


Westgate Park.


Westgate Biodiversity is a community-based not-for-profit organisation. They grow and sell locally indigenous plants and are transforming Westgate Park into a natural, bush-like place for people to enjoy. The team of volunteers work to educate the wider community on the importance of protecting and enhancing the natural environment, urban biodiversity, and healthy environments. They do this by planting locally indigenous plant species and encouraging volunteering and community engagement with the natural environment. It was a pleasure to work alongside them to help revegetate a section of the park that runs beside the oval.


Three of the 20 volunteers from DSKH.


The team had a productive morning, learning about the origins and future plans of the park, how to distinguish between a weed (which they were pulling out) and a native grass, and how to correctly plant a tree. They worked with a small team of volunteers from Westgate Biodiversity including George, Anne, Bruce, David, Marilyn and Jackie, pulling out thousands of weeds and planting all 500 native trees, shrubs and ground-covers.




A mighty effort, and one that was very much appreciated. Thank you DKSH for your enthusiasm, interest in the park and for your collective efforts to help improve and restore the park.




Writer; Lou Ridsdale.

Lou 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



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