Harrison Funerals is one of our oldest supporters. Since 2010, Harrison Funerals has partnered with Fifteen Trees to plant one mature tree for every funeral service held. By the end of this planting season (September), we will have planted over 800 mature trees for Harrison Funerals.
Harrison Funeral’s plantings are truly community affairs. All the trees are planted by community groups, and in shared spaces – schools, community grounds, public reserves and gardens. Because of this, the memory of the loved one is tied to a sense of belonging, and of place. The trees (a mix of exotic and native, depending on the location) are wanted, cared for, and appreciated by those who plant them. In addition, they provide habitat and shade, filter the air, and stabilise the soil.
This year, we are planting 60 mature trees for Harrison Funerals at the following sites:
Working in conjunction with Harrison Funerals, Fifteen Trees reached out to community groups to offer them free mature trees. The trees are sourced from Ballarat’s Formosa Gardens.
One group who has benefited from the generosity of Harrison Funerals is the newly formed Ballarat North Community Gardens, located next to the Midlands water park in Doveton St Nth. The 10 fruit trees were very well received from the group.
As a new community garden with a new small, dedicated volunteer base we were absolutely delighted to get support from 15 trees. Our fruit tree planting day was a success and we managed to get all eleven trees in the ground in only 50 minutes as it rained. These trees will help us achieve our aim of building community, making our local park more beautiful, and providing free and easily accessible food for all.
Jay Morrison | President | Ballarat North Community Gardens
These trees will not only provide habitat, shelter, and protection for many birds and insects, but also shade for the garden bed soils in the community gardens, reducing the destructive heat in summertime. But the real bonus will come as the trees mature, for once in fruit season, they will also provide nutritious delicious food for many community members.
We are delighted to be in partnership with Harrison Funerals. To date, we have distributed over 800 mature trees to community groups in the Ballarat district thanks to this generous Ballarat business. We have been working with Harrison Funerals since 2010 and are very grateful for their support.
Colleen Filippa | Founding Director | Fifteen Trees
In this age of climate change escalation, collaborations like these are vital for the survival of our planet. Thank you to Harrisons for your continued support.
Writers: Colleen Filippa and Lou Ridsdale.
Colleen is the Founding Director of Fifteen Trees. Colleen’s background is in environmental education. In 2009, after 20 years in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, Colleen left the classroom to start the company. Fifteen Trees assists individuals and companies to reduce their carbon footprint by supporting community groups such as Landcare, schools and environmental networks.
Lou is a 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 in her side hustle Hey Hoe Let’s Grow. 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
Fifteen Trees helps individuals and businesses reduce their carbon footprint through sponsoring Australian community tree planting projects.
Fifteen Trees acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where we work, live and learn.