Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
South Australia’s premier environmental group, Trees For Life, will plant its 30 millionth tree this Friday.

The fantastic milestone has been reached during Trees For Life’s 30th anniversary year.

The planting ceremony will take place in the township of Hawker, in the spectacular Flinders Ranges, and will be part of the official opening of the Hawker Revegetation Project.

The Hawker project features native species grown from seed collected in the Hawker region, with some seedlings grown through the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens.

Planting time: 2pm, Friday September 16 by TFL Tree Scheme Manager Maureen Redfern..
Location: Corner of Wirreanda and Cradock Roads, Hawker.

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Trees For Life

Tree Scheme was the first program of Trees For Life (then Men of the Trees), started in 1981.
Founders Burr Dodd and Lolo Houbein were inspired by International Men of the Trees Founder Richard St Barbe Baker and set about developing a master plan with the aim of revegetating SA to 33% tree cover by the year 2050.

Burr recognised the greatest need was in rural areas where land had been cleared and decided the best way to get trees into the ground was to offer free trees to farmers. With a core band of volunteers, hard work, lots of faith and in-kind support, seedlings started to be grown for farmers. In the first 18 months Lolo and Burr travelled around the State in their campervan, promoting the Tree Scheme cause tirelessly.

Only months after the inaugural meeting, thousands of seedlings were raised over the summer of 1981-82 with the first large scale planting taking place in May, 1982, when 130 trees were planted at a Whyte-Yarcowie property in the mid-North of the State.

In 1981 TFL had 200 volunteer growers. Total seedlings grown were 3000.

Within 10 years (1991) 2340 landholders/farmers were ordering seedlings from TFL.
1650 volunteers registered to grow seedlings and the total number of seedlings grown that year was 1,400,000.

Tania Kearney
P: (08) 8406 0500
M: 0439404612


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