September 20, 2023

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Vantage Trees. Caring for Country.

It’s fair to say an arborist cares for trees. After all, they dedicate their passion to them every working day. Vantage Trees have been caring for the health of trees for almost a decade and know a thing or two about the important benefits trees provide to our planet.

TREES PLANTED

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It was no surprise when Alex Craig from Vantage Tree Services reached out to us at Fifteen Trees to help fund the planting of native trees for Victorian revegetation projects, given their knowledge of the benefits of trees.

Based out of East Melbourne, Alex Craig and team offer low risk solutions to problematic trees. From stump removal, trees encroaching on neighbouring properties, chipping/mulching, formative pruning, and whole tree removals, Alex and Co. do their best to ensure a healthier and safer environment for trees. And all works completed are done with a minimum Cert III Arborist on site.

 

The Mallee, VIC | 30 trees | 2023

 

Raakajlim is a 490ha conservation property in the Mallee of northwest Victoria. Raakajlim borders Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and is the land of the Latji Latji people. It was there that we organised the planting of 30 trees on the behalf of Vantage Trees.

 

The trees were planted by students from Carey Baptist Grammar School.

 

Some of the species planted included; Slender Cypress Pine, Sugarwood, Cattlebush, Umbrella Wattle, Gumbi Gumbi, Pimelea Daisy-bush, Slender-leaf Mallee, Red Mallee, Elegant Wattle, Silver Hakea, Mallee Teatree, and Common Emubush.

 

Some of the birdlife at the Raakajlim.

 

The Slender Cypress Pine is a key food plant for the Pink Cockatoo. This beautiful bird was listed as endangered under the federal EPBC Act in March 2023. The decline of Pink Cockatoos is closely linked to the decline of native Pine in Victoria. As well as being a food plant, Cockatoos nest in hollows of Pine trees that are at least 100 years old. This revegetation project is investing in the future for this bird.

 

Thank you to the supporters of Fifteen Trees. With your contribution, Mallee Conservation can restore habitat for the beautiful, endangered Pink Cockatoo. It also supports Traditional Owner self- determination for our local mob and inspires school students to love our beautiful Mallee landscape.

Yep, tree planting, really can do all that!

Fiona Murdoch | Secretary | Friends of Mallee Conservation

 

 

Grampians/Gariwerd, VIC | 300 trees | 2022

 

The Grampians/Gariwerd.

 

The three hundred trees were a mix of purposefully selected plants to complement the birdlife, insects, and other creatures who call The Grampians their home. The trees were also selected to survive the cold winters and dry summers the mountainous terrain experiences. They will grow to varying heights (tall and understory) to ensure a variety of habitats for the local wildlife.

 

A wide variety of native species have been planted.

 

The trees will add to the amazingly diverse landscape consisting of gorge environs, steep rocky walls famous for rock-climbing, deep valleys, and undulating hills. They will provide homes and fodder for many species including the extensive bird life found there. Given it is a famous area for bushwalking, you’ll often find many avid bird watchers (twitchers) hiding out on the trails, binoculars in hand and taking in the immense bird song. Grampians birdlife is vast and the many winged wonders you may come across include parrots (Galah, Crimson Rosella, Musk Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet and Blue-winged Parrot), and cockatoos (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Long-Billed Corella, Little Corella, Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo, even the endangered Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo).

 

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Galahs making a home in old hollows.

 

All these birds need different trees to survive, and we are thankful for the expertise of the Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network in their support in helping to plant these trees. Here’s an interview, we recently conducted with Andrew Borg, coordinator of this network.

 

Three hundred newly planted native trees will populate and complement the breathtakingly picturesque landscape of The Grampians in Gariwerd Country in answer to the call for more trees. Thank you to Alex Craig and Vantage Tree Services for your support with this project.

 


 

 

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.

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