December 11, 2023


Macneil Group. A decade of support.

‘ We believe ‘the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now’. We look forward to another decade of working alongside Fifteen Trees to reduce our footprint and support the community’. Macneil Group



We love it when businesses take us literally. Like the Macneil Group, which plants fifteen trees for each vehicle in its fleet. For those new to us, our name – Fifteen Trees – comes from a carbon reducing calculation. The combined emissions from running a regular car for one year can be offset by planting 15 trees. If this seems like a lot of trees…it is. Cars are polluters, there are no two ways about it. The Macneil Group’s decision to link its tree planting to its fleet recognises that there are ongoing environmental costs to growth.



We have been planting native trees for Macneil Group since 2012 and to date have now planted 1,290 trees on their behalf. This year’s trees (150) were planted at Sunnybank Farm, Burrumbeet, VIC (land of the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people) with assistance from Year 10 students from Ballarat Clarendon College. This site has been specifically designed so that insects and birds (such as Wedge-tailed eagle, Black kites, Black swans, Black and white cockatoos, magpies and ravens, Square-tailed Kite, Tawny Frogmouth and Black Falcon) can safely travel between paddocks, encouraging increased activity and diversity.


Tree planting day at Sunnybank Farm.


Some of the species planted included: Black and Silver Wattle, Drooping Sheoak, River Bottlebrush, Hop Bush, Yellow Box, Yellow Hakea and Wooly Teatree, and were sourced from Neagnar Nursery in Bendigo. The trees planted were a continuation from previous years planting to create a wildlife corridor between small remnant reserves.


We are super grateful to those who purchased these trees on our behalf. These trees have established well and are going to provide many years of shelter and feed to native wildlife. Each year we are able to plant more trees than planned due to the generous sponsors of Fifteen trees.

Jasmine Walton | Manager | Sunnybank Farm



Burrumbeet, (VIC) Home of the Tawny-frogmouth.



In the same way it takes multiple people and groups to develop a building project, so too does it take the effort and commitment of many to create a forest. We are glad to work with a developer that recognises the interconnectedness of all things. By sponsoring trees Macneil Group is not only reducing its business impact on the environment, but also enabling regional Landcare Groups to plan and complete vital land management projects.


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June 18, 2024
Furnx is taking proactive steps each day and planning into the future, to ensure their company is part of a circular economy. Reducing waste and consumption of resources, and increasing recycling and reuse of materials is top of mind in every business decision they make, contributing to a more sustainable world. And now they are planting trees!


June 18, 2024
‘We feel very grateful, thankful and quite overwhelmed when we think about the contributions of all of the people involved. The project would not have happened without the support from sponsors of Fifteen Trees and such sterling efforts from Landcare and all the volunteers’. Kinglake Landcare.


June 17, 2024
‘We have some amazing customers who buy a tree as an extra when they book a tour with us. We have also bought some to help mother nature’. EcoTreasures.