December 7, 2021

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GJ Gardner Central Gippsland & Bunjil

Anthony and Fiona Ruff from G.J. Gardner Homes Central Gippsland are generous supporters of local community groups, and their tree planting projects. This year Anthony, Fiona and their team purchased 300 native plants trees for the Grow West team to plant in the local area. These trees will provide a home for our mighty Wedge-tailed Eagle, also known as Bunjil, creator deity, culture hero and ancestral being to many Aboriginal peoples in Victoria.

TREES PLANTED

300

G.J. Gardner Homes has been supporting our community tree planting projects since 2013, and in that time, we have planted over 75,000 trees across Victoria and Tasmania due to their generous support. That impressive number comes because G.J. Gardner plants 15 native trees for every home it builds in Tasmania and Victoria.

 

 

Anthony and Fiona Ruff from G.J. Gardner Homes Central Gippsland are generous supporters of local community groups, and their tree planting projects. This year Anthony, Fiona and their team purchased 300 native plants trees for the Grow West team to plant in the local area. These trees will provide a home for our mighty Wedge-tailed Eagle, also known as Bunjil, creator deity, culture hero and ancestral being to many Aboriginal peoples in Victoria.

G.J. Gardner prides itself on being a practical, hands-on family affair, and in past years staff have happily gone out with their local community to plant their trees themselves. 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 determine the best tree species for the site. 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). The sites that have been planted have included nature reserves, parklands, roadsides, school grounds, riverbanks & rural properties.

 

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.

 

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Bunjil, as often depicted as the Wedge-tailed Eagle for many Victorian Aboriginal peoples.

 

Bunjil, is a Wedge-Tailed Eagle who floated above the earth and brought the world and life into existence. Bunjil is the Ancestral Wedge-tailed Eagle, the creator. Waa is the Ancestral Crow, the protector. Bunjil created much of south-eastern Australia and the features and animals within it.

Though each tribal group has their own special relationship with and stories of Bunjil, there are themes that connect. Bunjil also created humans by breathing life into figures moulded from clay.

An impressive sight in full flight, the Wedge-tailed Eagle likes to live in an array of woodland, savannah and shrubbery, and they often seek out tall dead trees to spot their prey below.

If you are interested in how your business and Fifteen Trees could work together, contact us at <[email protected]> and ask for a no obligation proposal or check out our COMPANY page for more info.

 

Writer

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 is capable of leading a more nourishing and sustainable life. Her passion for education + communication being the most empowering tool for change is reflected in her setting up her own digital/comms agency Hey Hoe Let’s Grow Socials. She also founded 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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