December 15, 2023


Neu21. Planting It Forward.

Nue21 is known for its innovative and creative ideas and so when they decided to get some trees planted as a thank you to their customers this year, it came to no surprise that they contacted us, for we have been working with Gus Balcontin and Neu21 since 2018.



Neu21 believes in the future. Their focus is on creating better systems and workplaces, and encouraging bold thinking via consulting services. The company is all about building a culture of innovation that continuously exceeds customer expectations, where people are proactive and purposeful in their attitude and approach.



This year has been a year of growth for us here at Neu. As a business we’ve jumped even more into ventures and product alongside our core consulting services. When we talk about ‘better work for a new world’ we extend this to doing the work on ourselves as well so as humans of Neu this year we’ve really challenged our growth edges and supported each other along the way.

Regeneration has been our theme for 2024 both inside and out, so we’ve decided to flip the script on thanking you by leaving behind the hampers (sorry not sorry) and plant the seedlings of meaning and real impact.

Over the last few years as part of our calendar year wrap up, we commit to planting trees on your behalf, our customers. So yeah, instead of that old cliche adding to landfill Christmas hamper we have been planting trees in northern, Victoria where they are now growing slowly and being nurtured for a better future.

This December, we’ll continue our movement to thank you for your support throughout 2023 by ‘planting it forward’ again. Planting it forward represents our commitment to continuously regenerating our own organisational system, our personal growth, our wellbeing, our client and partner environment, and our impact on the planet through the work we do and the actions we take.

This year we are also extending our forest into New Zealand with our friends Trees That Count, planting native trees in the beautiful Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), home to Tāne Mahuta, a giant Kauri tree revered as the ‘God of the Forest’ In Māori mythology. In Australia our wonderful friends at Fifteen Trees are once again helping us expand the canopy of the native forest, this time in the Campaspe Valley, Victoria, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung Country.

With love | Humans of Neu



This year’s trees (200) were planted out by the Campaspe Valley Landcare Group in a district that stretches north from Kyneton to Lake Eppalock and incorporates traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung Aboriginal groups.


Members of Campaspe Valley Landcare on site.


This whole landscape has been cleared since the 1840s. It was never densely forested, instead supporting open woodland (scattered trees). But it has been heavily grazed since the earliest European settlers and is still grazed. These trees will one day provide roosting & nesting sites for the local bird fauna such as Grey Fantails and Spotted Pardalotes (featured image The Australian Museum).


Planting under existing mature trees, helps protect these magnificent specimens.


Thank you to those people who are prepared to donate, even tho they do not see the direct results of their contributions.  It reminds me of one of my favourite sayings – Perfect goodness is to do without fuss (or anonymously) what one would be capable of doing in front of the whole world, Francois de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680).

David Cheal | President | Campaspe Valley Landcare


Some of the tree species planted included; Wattles (Silver, Lightwood, Hedge, Golden), Eucalyptus (White Box, River Red Gum, Yellow Gum, Grey Box, Swamp Gum, Manna Gum, Candlebark), Bulokes and Drooping Sheoaks.


Thank you Neu21 for coming up with this initiative. Here’s the links to their trees from, 201820192021 and 2022. Taking their tally of trees to 2,040! A Neu21 forest!


If you would like to know more about sponsoring community tree planting projects and how we can assist you in becoming a more sustainable business, please contact Colleen at <[email protected]>.


Writer: Lou Ridsdale.

Lou is a big fan of words and has been our Comms Manager since 2019. She is a big-minded 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 as her role as Founder of 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.



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