September 14, 2023


Thompson Funerals. Planting trees to say goodbye.

Saying goodbye to our loved ones can be so hard. How heartening to think that a memory of them lives on in the beautiful forests of Australia. Every tree is finding its feet and settling in for a generation’s worth of service to the planet.



Thompson Family Funerals has been helping the district say goodbye to its people since 1918, just after the First World War. A business just doesn’t last that long without a strong connection to the needs and values of the community. It will come as no surprise to learn that Thompson Family Funerals also gives back to the needs of the planet.


Since 2012, Peter Thompson and his team have been supporting our tree planting projects. This year we planted his 1,160th tree. Most recently we planted 100 trees at a regeneration project at Moyhu, on Taungurung country in North East Victoria.


Sally Day, with a selection of native plants that were included in the planting project at Moyhu. 


The planting was undertaken by the Greta Valley Landcare Group. To insure a healthy ecosystem, a very diverse order was placed with the local nursery, and included 36 different species. At this particular site, the objective of the planting is to create a demonstration site with all of the typical indigenous local species on display. Some of the species planted included: Blackwood, Silver Wattle, Silver Banksia, River Bottlebrush, Common Cassinia, Drooping Sheoak, Red River Gum, Yellow Box, Red Box and Rough barked honey-myrtle.


We are very thankful for all the financial support and assistance that has been provided to make our Moyhu Walking Track and Landcare Botanic Gardens a reality.

Sally Day | Coordinator | Greta Valley Landcare Group.


Volunteers from Greta Landcare.


The purpose of this site is:

  • to provide information along the side of the walking track and increase engagement of walkers on the track, and
  • create a dense planting that highlights what can be achieved aesthetically with local native species.


Losing a loved one is a profound and life-changing experience for which it is difficult to prepare. It is heartening to know that a memory of them lives on in the forests of Northeast Victoria.



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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