Trees for individuals are adding up. One hundred and ten (110) kind-hearted souls recently purchased trees for us to plant on their behalf. Trees to cover the carbon footprint of their flights, trees to cover the carbon footprint of their cars, trees as gifts and trees in memory of a loved one.
And the proof is here! This year, to date, we have planted almost 2,000 native trees thanks to the generous souls below.
Planting trees in memory of a dearly loved one.
There is no doubt that profound changes follow the loss of someone dear to us. Planting a sapling in their memory can create new connections to them as it continues to grow and provide habitat for local fauna. The act of planting a memorial tree brings with it a sense of purpose and hope for the future.
Rod was one of Australia’s ecological farming pioneers, 4th generation farmer at Blampied Victoria, he was an early adopter of organic farming, merging it with permaculture principles. He started the Central Victorian Tree Planting Co-op and was founding president of NASAA (organic certifying agency). It is six years since his passing and he is missed by us all, especially his beloved daughters Stephanie and Carla. August 11th is his birthday and these 15 trees are to commemorate a great man.
Sprinklers of Sparkles, a sonnet sways surrounding, stays.
A movement, moments, and memories, of mothers, don’t mourn.
Living, loving, lasting, leaving a legacy lane.
Forever formed, fruitful, fantastic and fervently framed.
Thank you to the following who each have purchased 15 trees.
Thank you to those who purchased 30 trees.
To the fabulous ICU and Ward 3South of Grampians Health Ballarat (Ballarat Base), the ambos, nurses, doctors, hospitality, reception, cleaners, carers and volunteers – all of you fabulous people.
Thank you for fronting up for me at one of the worse moments of my life. Thank you for taking care of our precious Mick who faced a life threatening situation in the middle of a dark cold stormy night. Thank you for standing by us at the moment I saw death sitting on the body of the man I have loved forever. Thank you for asking me difficult questions and for telling me the truth of what it was we were facing.
Thank you for taking care of the family that traipsed in exhausted, fearful and anxious for what was to come. You saw us at our most vulnerable, you hugged us when we were alone and you talked to us when we had numerous questions that all needed answers at once.
Out of the dark woods now and turning onto the road to recovery we can see clearly now how hard you worked to get us on the road. Thank you.
Thank you to those who purchased 45 trees.
Thank you to those who purchased 50 trees.
Thank you to the St Brigidine Sisters.
And finally, thank you to those who purchased trees to help reduce the carbon footprint of their flights.
These trees are forming part of regeneration and habitat projects where they will grow to stabilise soil, provide shade and food to native fauna, and encourage biodiversity.
The trees were planted during a community event within the Bendigo Creek Streamside Reserve on Djaara country. The site is significant to Northern Bendigo Landcare Group because it is part of their Bendigo Creek Habitat Restoration Project. This Project is ongoing, indeed the group have been working on it for the past 10 years. Their aim is to boost the ailing Creekline Grassy Woodland vegetation community.
This particular site had been revegetated in 2019 but was then lost to fire during January 2020 and NBLG have been replacing plantings since. Some River Red Gums have survived, more have germinated due to the fire but very few shrubs or grasses remained. The Landcare group have been holding group working bees to add mass plantings of native plants in exclusion plots for protection from rabbits. The group planted Lightwood Wattle, Black Wattle, Yellow Box and Golden Wattle that will provide shelter and food for local native animals such as sugar gliders, brushtail possums and honeyeater birds.
Thanks to those who all purchased trees with Fifteen Trees, this support enabled us to collaborate with a local primary school and provide a memorable outdoor learning experience for the youth of our area. We hope they’ll visit in future and admire their grown trees with pride.
Nicole Howe | Coordinator | Bendigo North Landcare
Phillip Island is known by its Traditional Owners, the Bunurong, as Millowl. It is part of Victoria’s Kulin Nation and is steeped in a cultural history dating back tens of thousands of years. It is here that we organised the planting of 300 native trees, indigenous to the district. They included, Blue gum, Tall Sedge, Common Correa, Sheoak and Blackwood.
The island has a wealth of wildlife, the most famous being the Blue Fairy penguins. Also living there are wallabies, echidnas, kangaroos, koalas and a host of birds such as ibis, swans, plovers, sea eagles, kookaburra, galahs and honey eaters.
The trees will provide food and shelter for the native animals, enrich the soil, provide diversity of species to native animals and improve carbon sequestration.
Traditionally, this would have been Buloke Woodland – home to Red Tailed Black Cockatoos (which feed on Buloke seed pods) – now very rarely seen in this district. The land was significantly cleared for agriculture and Buloke (one of the hardest woods in the world) was used as firewood and fenceposts. It’s not regarded as a particularly ‘pretty’ tree by the average farmer who also dislike it for its lack of fast development (it can take a hundred years to mature), and it readily succumbs to intensive agriculture activity. This particular site would once have been Buloke woodland. Intensive farming has caused a natural degradation and there is significant erosion. This planting of 100 trees (part of a larger planting of 900 trees) will form part of a network of habitat bio-corridors for all sorts of native animals and birds, while this and successive plantings will also alleviate the issues of erosion.
A huge thank you to the sponsors of these trees. You are helping to build habitat, fix erosion, increase soil carbon; and hopefully, together we can bring back the Black Cockatoos!
Andrew Borg | Facilitator | Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network
Together, as individuals, we can make significant change. Think of people like Greta Thunberg, who went from a lone figure protesting on the steps of her parliament to the symbolic leader of a worldwide youth climate movement. Think of the social justice marches of the past few years, those rivers of people taking over our streets and calling for change. All individuals. All making a difference.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
Margaret Mead | Cultural Anthropologist
We see this very clearly here at Fifteen Trees. We have hundreds of individuals who purchase small numbers of trees, because that’s what they can do right now. But those small numbers add up to a big deal. Thousands of trees have been planted thanks to small personal gestures of generosity and forward-thinking. First a rustle, then a roar, and finally a forest.
This is the power of acting individually and working collectively. If you think you can’t make an impact, we’re here to tell you that you can. Because it’s never just you. It’s all of us, and we’re facing these challenges together.
Writers: Bronwyn Blaiklock and Colleen Filippa
Bronwyn is a multidisciplinary creative: a poet, a pianist, a reformed perfectionist. She has worked in the creative and education sectors for over 25 years. She also confesses to having an affair with an accordion, but whatever you do, don’t tell the piano. Find Bronwyn here.
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.
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.