October 19, 2021


Planted in

Growing the west.

Ben Longhurst, Caitlin Hamston and their team at G.J. Gardner Bacchus Marsh purchased 600 native plants trees for the Grow West Bacchus Marsh tree planting project. To date they have planted 3,360 trees in their district since 2014.



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.


children's hand around a tree trunk
Embracing tree planting is for everyone.


Ben Longhurst and Caitlin Hamston from G.J. Gardner Homes Bacchus Marsh are generous supporters of local community groups, and their tree planting projects. This year Ben, Caitlin and their team purchased 600 native plants trees for the Grow West Bacchus Marsh project. To date they have planted 3,360 trees in their district since 2014.



An ongoing tree planting project, the team responsible have planted 43 different species for wildlife to call home. The birds found in this region to benefit include the Spotted Nightjar, Pacific Swift, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Whistling Kite.

Wedge Tailed Eagle bird
The majestic wedge tailed eagle in flight.


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.


hands tree planting
Team effort in tree planting native vegetation for future generations to prosper.


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.


If you are also interested in how your business and Fifteen Trees could work together, contact Bianca at <[email protected]> and ask for a no obligation proposal or check out our inspiring supporters HERE.


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 believes that everyone can lead 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.


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