We’re pretty sure that this Christmas is going to be right up there as far as emotional overload goes. For many of us it will be the first time in years (yes, years) that we see the people we love most. That we meet that new niece or nephew or grandchild (how are they crawling already?!). That we get to hug our friends and share a meal. Cry and laugh together. With all that going on, does anyone really need more stuff? Really?
This Christmas, we are delighted that so many people have chosen to gift trees. It’s a gesture of gratitude and strength – we’re still here, we can do this. But perhaps more than anything, it’s a gift of faith in the future. We see a future, and we believe it can be greener, kinder, cleaner and infinitely more sustainable. This year, we planted your Xmas trees at 2 beautiful Victorian sites, Yandoit and Kororoit.
This late spring, we planted 390 trees kindly donated by supporters of Fifteen Trees at Limestone Road, Yandoit. The contribution allowed us to expand by 60% a rehabilitation project amidst some remnant forest where species had been depleted after decades of over-grazing. The species planted included eucalypts, acacia, casuarina and banksia. We undertook the plantings at the end of spring to maximise water retained in the rip lines and to dodge frosts which occur in Central Victoria as late as October.
John Carruthers | Limestone Road | Yandoit
We planted a mixture of trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers at Legenda’s Garden in Sunshine. Some of the trees included: River Red Gums, Banksia, Golden Spray, Tea Tree, Gold Dust Wattle, Hedge Wattle, Lightwood and Prickly Moses.
We are hoping to provide habitat and food for all the local bird species including the New Holland Honey-eaters, White-plumed Honey-eaters, Wattle Birds and Spotted Pardalotes. The shrubs, grasses and wildflowers we planted will provide habitat and food for butterflies and other insects, lizards, snakes and frogs and some of the smaller birds like Superb Fairy Wrens and Scrub Wrens.
We are working hard to restore and enhance the Kororoit Creek Corridor. The trees and plants will provide much needed habitat, shade, and beauty. Thank you to everyone who purchased trees through Fifteen Trees
Jessica Gerger | Secretary | Friends of Kororoit Creek
Huge thank you to the following generous souls who purchased trees for loved ones this Christmas.
As part of a ‘thank you’ gift from the company, we have organised 15 trees to be planted on your behalf. These trees will help reduce your car’s carbon footprint for one year. We hope this helps offset our impact on our wounded planet. Every little bit helps.
All the very best for 2022 – David.
Thank you to everyone who purchased trees (690) this Christmas for friends and loved ones. The trees have gone to 2 wonderful sites where over time, they will improve our air quality, help keep our rivers & creeks clean, capture carbon from the atmosphere and help maintain healthy soils.
That is one pretty great Christmas present – to you and to the planet.
Have a wonderful festive season, and if you get the opportunity to sit quietly under a tree for a time – take it!
Writers: Sarah Hart and Colleen Filippa
Fifteen Trees helps individuals and businesses reduce their carbon footprint through sponsoring Australian community tree planting projects.
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