After experimenting with organic teas, aromatic spices and therapeutic herbs for a number of years, Emma and Damien decided to make their tea obsession a full-time project. By 2012, the range included more than 20 different blends, and the business name evolved into Love Tea.
Love Tea is a small group of dedicated folk who share the passion of making the world a better place. They are continuously progressing, evolving, improving, learning and tree planting!
On Friday July 29th, 9 adults and 2 children from Love Tea, Nina and Rob from Brisbane Ranges Landcare (BRLG) and Colleen and Albert from Fifteen Trees found themselves in a sunny field planting out a range of wattles, gums, bursarias, sheoaks and banksias. This particular project on Staughton Vale Rd, Balliang, is part of a much larger community project aiming to create a wildlife corridor from the Brisbane Ranges to the You Yangs. It involves numerous landholders, local council and one of our favourite organisations, Koala Clancy Foundation.
Thank you to Emma and Damien for contacting Fifteen Trees and committing to purchasing 500 trees for this project. Thank you for your energy and enthusiasm and for bringing along a packet of hot ‘Original Chai’ for morning tea! The trees we planted were sourced from 2 local nurseries (Oz Trees and Western Plains Flora), these seeds were gathered last year for a 2022 planting date. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to organising a tree planting day. Thank you also to Rob and Nina from the BRLG for picking up the plants, ripping the soil (made it so much easier for us to plant), organising a porter-loo and laying out the tree guards, stakes and plants.
By midday, we had planted 450 of the 500 plants, and have passed on the remaining 50 trees to Nina and Rob to plant in the coming days. From there, the team from Love Tea went out to lunch at a nearby restaurant, with dirty knees, rosy cheeks and a well earned appetite.
We love organising and attending tree planting days for businesses. Activities such as tree planting, helps people see each other in a different light and allows them to connect in different settings. One of the best reasons for this type of team building is that the activity actually helps improved communication. Any successful team building activity, will surely mean a more comfortable, successful workplace environment for any company.
And when you combine team building and volunteer work (such as tree planting) – well – you are ticking all boxes!!
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.
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.