August 6, 2022

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Looking beyond the workplace.

Reeds Consulting are ‘walking the talk’ when it comes to sustainability. Recently they purchased 500 native trees, shrubs and ground-covers for 2 Victorian community groups (Westgate Biodiversity and Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation).

TREES PLANTED

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Reeds Consulting are experts in Land Surveying, Civil Engineering, Planning and Development Consulting. As accredited service providers to VicRoads, water boards, municipal councils and various infrastructure companies, they have helped advance the ongoing growth and development of Victorian communities since 1958. In their Environmental Policy, Reeds recognises that many of their activities, services and products may cause impact with the environment. As such, they employ an environmental officer and regularly review their environmental objectives to ensure these impacts are addressed.

 

 

 

And now they are looking beyond the office and worksites to support community tree planting projects with Fifteen Trees

 

Reeds Consulting offers services in the professional fields of Land Development, including, Surveying, Civil Engineering and Town Planning. Reeds Consulting has committed to implementing measures to minimise the impact on the environment resulting from the activities that Reeds controls and can influence. Honouring this important commitment, Reeds set the goal of planting 500 trees in 2022. With the invaluable assistance of Fifteen Trees we have met this commitment and look forward to continuing the contribution into the future.

Alba Zeleznik | Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator | Reeds Consulting

 

Site A | Westgate Park, VIC | 250 trees

 

On Wednesday 13th July, 3 staff members from Reeds gathered to put their shoulder to the wheel in a different way to their usual daily workloads – to participate in a group tree planting morning at the beautiful Westgate Park. Working alongside volunteers from Westgate Biodiversity, 250 native plants went into the ground. The plants were mostly Chocolate Lily (Dichopogon strictus) which gets its name from its chocolate scented flowers. This bush tucker was once prolific in the grassy woodlands of Port Melbourne and so it was wonderful to plant out a field of them. A healthy ecosystem needs not only tall trees, but also importantly the smaller shrubs and ground covers such as the Chocolate Lily.

 

Three Reeds go planting.

 

Bili Nursery & Landcare Inc. who manage Westgate Park, is a community-based not-for-profit organisation. They grow and sell locally indigenous plants and are transforming Westgate Park into a natural, bush-like place for people to enjoy. Bili help enhance and protect the natural environment and its biodiversity in the Sand-belt region of Melbourne. It is a pleasure to be able to support them.

 

Site B | Mt Martha, VIC | 250 trees

 

Reed’s remaining trees were planted on Sunday July 31st, National Tree Day (NTD) by the Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation (MPKC) under the iconic chairlift at Mt Martha. Around 40 volunteers from the surrounding community attended the morning’s event. The trees were a mixture of species indigenous to the district and consisted of sheoaks, banksia, messmates, gums, paperbarks, hakeas and wattles. MPKC ensured a selection of koala habitat trees such as Manna Gums and Narrow-leafed Peppermint, were included.

 

Some of the volunteers on NTD at Mt Martha.

 

The Somers Koala Habitat Project (Coolart to Cerberus Biolink) is a wonderful project to support. With over 70% of landholders confirming their intent to participate in this revegetation project, it is also backed by Mornington Peninsula Shire, Parks Victoria and the Department of Defence. And now with sponsors such as Fifteen Trees and Reeds Consulting, this revegetation project is growing by leaps and bounds.

 

Three longterm members of MPKC

 

Why is this project is so important?

  • Recent research from Deakin University suggests that the koala population has been negatively impacted by the highly fragmented nature of habitat on the Mornington Peninsula,
  • By providing a wildlife corridor biolink it will allow animals including koalas to move safely, to reach vital food resources and help maintain viable populations,
  • Without this, koala populations will inevitably continue to decline, become isolated and may face local extinction.

 

 

Activities such as tree planting days, not only get people out into the great outdoors but also bring about a sense of purpose and pride when they achieve a mighty feat such as putting 250 trees in the ground together. Not to mention the added bonus of group participation and physical exercise.

 

Thank you to Alba for initiating this partnership between Reeds and Fifteen Trees. The end result was 2 very happy community groups (Westgate Biodiversity and MPKC), both consisting of many dedicated volunteers who put many hours into improving the status of their local environments.

 

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.

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