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Foster a seedling: TreeProject’s Re-Tree Scheme

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 11th, 2009

Source: cuttings, the Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) newsletter

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TreeProject is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to revegetating the Victorian landscape with indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses. We work with farmers, landcare groups, park authorities, government authorities and hundreds of volunteers to achieve our goals.

TreeProject’s largest volunteer activity is our Volunteer Growing Program, part of the Re-Tree Scheme. Through this program, hundreds of volunteers from Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and other areas take home a ‘growing kit’ to propagate and tend seedlings for farmers and landcare groups across Victoria.

By volunteering to grow seedlings, our volunteers are providing practical assistance to Victorian landholders, who may plant less or no seedlings without this help. It’s a simple and fun activity that most people with a bit of a green thumb can do – right in their backyard. In 2002, our volunteers propagated over 120 000 indigenous seedling that were planted out in rural Victoria!

Most people can successfully grow seedlings, even if their horticulture experience is very limited! TreeProject provides all of the materials, runs a series of grower induction sessions, and has area co-ordinators across the region to contact if you have any difficulties. We have made the growing process as easy as possible, and if you follow the instructions carefully you should produce a happy and healthy bunch of native plants.

Each year in September we send out confirmation forms for the coming season to our registered volunteers, or you can contact our office and we will send one out to you.

You will need to get the form back to us by the end of October, nominating what date and where you will pick up your growing kit (usually early December or late January). You will then have a kit allocated to you, and ready to pick up on your nominated day.

To register, simply contact TreeProject by email:  info@treeproject.asn.au or phone ph. 9650 9477.

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