Today marks one month until our annual World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge kicks off around Australia and New Zealand!
Don’t miss your chance to secure a spot at the start line with registrations closing soon! So gather 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, in as many locations as you like!
What you need to know
When: Friday 2nd June, 2017
Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm
Cost: $2,000 per team of up to 10 volunteers
Registrations close: 19 May 2017
Spaces are limited.
What the day will look like
- Meet on site at 9:30am 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
with the winning team receiving a trophy.
- A BBQ lunch will follow while tree planting quality and quantity is being judged
Sites around Australia and New Zealand
We’ve found priority sites across Australia and New Zealand where you and your team can help restore these significant locations:
Adelaide – Trott Park Creek is a beautiful suburban creek with ecologically significant vegetation communities.
Auckland – Whenua Rangitira, located 7kms from the CBD, is being steadily returned to its original native bush thanks to the dedication of Okahu Rakau who has a bold vision to restore the natural values of the areas feeding into the Orakei Basin and Waitemata Harbour.
Brisbane – Daisy Hill Conservation Park, located 25km from the Brisbane CBD is a significant 571ha site comprised of open eucalypt and casuarina forest. This area provides important linking habitat for threatened species, including the koala and the glossy black cockatoo.
Canberra – The Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach at Bredbo, 45 minutes’ drive from Canberra, is an initiative of the Native Fish Strategy, a large-scale project that aims to improve river health. Join us on the banks of the mighty Murrumbidgee and enjoy a picturesque location for planting activities that will improve the quality of water runoff.
Hobart – The old Lauderdale landfill site is surrounded by the Lauderdale saltmarshes and other bushland. Help create a buffer zone from the saltmarshes, increasing habitat for the Swift Parrot, reducing landfill leaching and connect the current fragmented bushland.
Mackay – 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. Home to many native plants, butterflies, birds and reptiles
Melbourne – W. James Whyte Reserve is former agricultural land being transformed into a conservation reserve.
Newcastle –The Kooragang Dykes are important resting areas for Migratory Shorebirds that come to Newcastle each year from Alaska, Russia and China. Help improve their habitat with native plantings.
Perth – Beeliar Wetlands consists of two chains of wetlands stretching 25 km along the coast of Western Australia. The wetlands were formed thousands of years ago and now provide vital habitat for our wildlife.
Sydney – Sydney Olympic Park supports over 200 species of native birds, frogs, bats, possums and lizards, and contains over 300 hectares of threatened species habitat. Join us in supporting this important biodiversity area.
Townsville – Louisa Creek is a watercourse that flows into the catchment of the Townsville Town Common Conservation Park. Help to plant a buffer area to protect the creek, enhance the corridor connectivity of habitat and create a seed bank.
What did our 2016 volunteers say about the World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge?
“This was a great experience” Bridgestone Australia Ltd employee
“The challenge had great atmosphere, (and was) very fun & informative” Vertech employee
“Good fun. Gets you out of the office” TORO Australia employee
“The day was really fun and at the same time we were doing something good for the environment” Optus employee
Download the World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge flyer.
Interested in other opportunities to get your workmates involved in conservation activities? Check out our Employee Volunteering information.
We are seeking sponsors for next year’s Tree Planting Challenge. If you would like more information regarding this opportunity, please email [email protected].