August 4, 2022


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Caring for the Darebin.

Karyn and Mark Pemmelaar and the team from G.J. Gardner Homes Melbourne Inner North West are generous supporters of local community groups and their tree planting projects. Over the past three years the office have purchased 870 native trees for the Darebin Creek system.



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. 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.


A variety of plants is crucial to a healthy ecosystem.


2022 Planting | 450 Trees | Darebin Creek


On an early Sunday in June,  The Friends of Darebin Creek held a community gathering with 70 people. Over the course of the day, they planted well over 1,000 native plants. This included 450 trees (and tree guards) generously donated by Karyn and Mark Pemmelaar.


Neighbours kept an eye on proceedings.


The day involved a range of community activities, including a Welcome to Country from a Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder, water bug discovery and tree planting for small woodland bird habitat as part of establishing a biodiversity corridor in the stretch of Darebin Creek from Nangak Tamboree near Plenty Road to the Ring Road. Some of the 22 indigenous species of plants included; Acacia, Banksia, Correa, Goodenia, Grevillea, Poa and Lomandra.


We had a very successful community planting day on Sunday June 5 as part of the Friends of Darebin Creek Reach Four connectivity project involving The Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary. Members of the community were welcomed by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung elder, Bill Nicholson with a smoking ceremony.  Michelle Perry from Darebin also spoke about the natural values of Darebin Creek.

Thank you Pat for your continued support of our revegetation projects along the Darebin.

Danny Reddan | Coordinator | Darebin Creek Management Committee Inc.


The Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary is La Trobe’s Outdoor Laboratory, thirty hectares of River Red Gum woodland operating for the conservation of Indigenous flora and fauna in Melbourne’s north over fifty years. Specialising in transformative education experiences for primary, secondary and tertiary students, as well as tours, volunteering, and a thriving Indigenous plant nursery. Their motto is ‘Respecting, sharing, and caring for the Darebin‘.



Friend of Darebin Creek volunteer


2021 Planting | 420 Trees | Darebin Creek


The trees (180 from 2020 and 240 trees in 2021), were planted on behalf of G.J. Gardner Homes Melbourne Inner North West by the children from Reservoir East primary school, plus local community members.


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From little things big things grow.


Community volunteers were engaged in revegetation of the upper  western slopes, south of Dunne Street with indigenous plants comprising 24 species including the rare Banksia marginata.

Reservoir East Primary school students planted 250 plants with the remaining 170 being planted by members of the local community.  These plants were selected to provide habitat connectivity for small woodland birds by providing them with cover from aggressive noisy miners and food when mature.

Danny Reddan | Coordinator | Darebin Creek Management Committee Inc.


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Learning about tube stock.


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


Writer: Colleen Filippa

With a background in Environmental Science, Colleen is the Founding Director of Fifteen Trees. In 2009, after 20 years in primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions, Colleen left the classroom to start the company. Fifteen Trees is a social enterprise assisting individuals and companies to reduce their carbon footprint by supporting community groups such as Landcare, schools and environmental networks.




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