Tree Planting Challenge World Environment Day 2018

Join us on World Environment Day for our Tree Planting Challenge!

Celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th by gathering your workmates together for our annual Tree Planting Challenge!

We have identified key sites across Australia and New Zealand that need your help. Teams will be challenged to plant as many trees as they can in a two hour period, competing against each other to see who will be crowned the champion.

So get your workmates together, invite other divisions in your workplace, challenge your interstate branches or extend the invitation to your customers and clients. You may enter as many teams as you like.

Celebrate the end of the day with a complimentary BBQ lunch followed by an interpretive nature walk.


What you need to know

When: 5th June, 2018 (1st June for NZ locations and 8th June for Perth)

Time:  9:15am – 2:00pm

Cost: $2,000 per team of up to 10 volunteers

Registrations close: 18th May 2018

Spaces are limited.


What the day will look like

  • Meet on site at 9:15am on the day
  • Teams will have 2 hours to plant as many trees as you can – 10am to 12pm
  • Tree planting will be judged on how many trees are planted, looking at quality and quantity
  • A BBQ lunch will follow while tree planting is being judged.
  • The winning team is presented with the trophy.
  • To finish off the day, learn more about the site with an interpretive walk.


Tree Planting Challenge Locations


We’ve found priority sites across Australia and New Zealand where you and your team can help restore these significant locations:


A participant in Adelaide enjoys the 2017 Tree Planting Challenge with her co-workers.

A participant in Adelaide enjoys the 2017 Tree Planting Challenge with her co-workers.

Patawalonga Creek was once a diverse watercourse running through the Adelaide Plains. We are focusing on restoring the creek. Changes over the years have been fantastic but we still need your help to hold back the pressures of surrounding urbanisation.

Brisbane  BOOKED OUT

Coolnwynpin Creek Corridor Koala Nature Refuge in Capalaba, forms part of an important koala habitat and wildlife corridor. Volunteers will be assisting in the larger revegetation program, improving resilience of the area while completing the establishment of a balanced native vegetation zone, buffering the refuge from urban impacts and drainage facilities.


Hay Point Foreshore is a critically-endangered “beach scrub” habitat, a remnant of vine forests on coastal sands which once stretched all along the Mackay region’s coastline. It is home to many native plants, butterflies, birds and reptiles.

Melbourne  BOOKED OUT

Westgate Park is located along the eastern banks of the Yarra River under the Westgate Bridge and offers spectacular views to the mouth of the Yarra and the city skyline. The park is a vibrant example of how wasteland can become a flourishing ecological and recreational wetland environment, with large numbers of birds now using the area.

Newcastle BOOKED OUT 

Kooragang Island (Stockton Bridge) forms part of the Hunter Wetlands National Park. Build upon the results from last year’s challenge and improve biodiversity in an area previously covered in invasive weeds.


Sloan’s Reserve is a partially shaded woodland providing important habitat for the local wildlife and provides a corridor to the bushland nearby. A good assortment of woodland birds can be found here, including the Rainbow bee-eater and the Carnabys black cockatoo.


Sir Joseph Banks Park is a very significant natural habitat for native flora and fauna species in the northern Botany Bay area and provides a substantial public open space resource to the local community for recreation, education and conservation.


New Zealand

Auckland BOOKED OUT 

Pt. England Reserve on the Tamaki Estuary is home to the threatened Longfin eel. Planting riparian margins will assist in the recovery efforts currently being undertaken throughout the area for the Longfin eel which is a strong indicator species of waterway health for the area.


Cashmere Valley was impacted by the Port Hills fire in February 2017, destroying large tracts of exotic forest and native bush. New plantings will provide important environmental benefits including cleaner and clearer waterways for the benefit of wildlife and community alike.

Wellington BOOKED OUT 

Mount Victoria – ‘Forest at the Heart of Wellington’ is a long term ecological restoration project in celebration of the Rotary Club of Wellington’s Centenary in 2021. Rotary and Conservation Volunteers will plant 100,000 native trees in this time, join in and make a huge contribution.


What did our 2017 volunteers say about the World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge?

“(I enjoyed) the feeling of contributing to the habitat and the rivalry between groups.” – Travis, Stockland

“It’s a satisfying experience and it is a give back to the environment.” – Anita, BASF

“I had a wonderful time and would do it again.” – Josef, Optus


Register your interest now


Download our 2018 Tree Planting Challenge flyer

Interested in other opportunities to get your workmates involved in conservation activities?  Check out our Employee Engagement Brochure.

We are seeking sponsors for next year’s event. If you would like more information regarding this opportunity, please email