On Monday 26 March, supporters, stakeholders and guests joined the Greenfleet team bright and early to plant over 400 native seedlings in the Barolin Nature Reserve, near Bundaberg, Queensland.
We had the pleasure to welcome 30 volunteers from Fun over Fifty, Stroud Homes, Bundaberg Regional Council, Education Queensland, Sea Turtle Alliance and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism. Together, they braved the humidity of a muggy autumn day to plant and water 421 native seedlings.
This planting day is a continuation of the Low Glow project. Since 2017, Greenfleet has planted 80,000 native seedlings throughout the Barolin Nature Reserve in to restore native habitat and help protect the turtle population at the nearby Mon Repos beach. Aletha Walters, Director of Stroud Homes Wide Bay said, “We believe that if every business did something to give back to their community like Stroud Homes commits to, the world would be a much better place to live in.”
“Our future generations and children rely on the footprint we leave behind for them,” Aletha added. “We are a family-friendly company who believes in creating happy, healthy communities.”
Stroud Homes Wide Bay plants 15 native trees with Greenfleet for every home they build to offset the organisation’s carbon emissions. To date, their support of Greenfleet equates to 600 more trees planted thanks to Aletha’s team!
Award-winning tour company Fun over Fifty has been offsetting emissions with Greenfleet since 2014. Over time, their carbon offset donations have helped plant approximately 8,700 native trees in Australia. They invited some of their guests to join us for the planting day to see firsthand what their support of Greenfleet means on the ground. Many expressed how significant it was for them to be involved and to leave a legacy for their grandchildren. Pat, 75, said, “I am concerned for the environment and I want to help in any way. The tree planting was an excellent way to get physically involved and to learn about what Greenfleet is doing.”
We want to say a huge thank you to all the smiling volunteers who joined us on the day. We loved showing you the ‘behind the scenes’ of Greenfleet and hope to have inspired you to take real climate action. Check out all the photos from the event on Flickr.
In 20 years, Greenfleet has revegetated over 475 native forests with over 9 million trees throughout Australia and New Zealand. As a not-for-profit environmental organisation, we are proud of the work we have achieved, and our supporters should be proud of their contribution.
If you are interested in joining our community and taking practical climate action, offset your carbon emissions with Greenfleet and help revegetate and protect our unique landscape and biodiversity.