Vale Christopher Fyfe

Trillion Trees pays tribute to the life of Christopher Fyfe. We owe a great deal to him and respect the sacrifices he made and the strong foundations he laid for this organisation. We recognise all that he did to make the world a better and greener place.

Those who knew Chris will remember him for his deep dedication to the organisation, his loyalty, eye for detail, great sense of organisation and order. He was the Treasurer for many years. Chris also captured the spirit of the organisation in the books he wrote about the Society.

Chris Fyfe, together with his wife Shirley, became involved in Men of the Trees in the early 80s. In 1986, Chris and Shirley Fyfe purchased the land at Lot 2 Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere to give the organisation a secure base for its native plant nursery. This allowed for the hundreds of thousands of seedlings to be grown and planted each year that drives the Society’s vision and mission. The land was originally leased to MOTT for a dollar a year. In 2010, Chris commenced negotiation to gift the land to MOTT and in 2012, with the support of the Fyfe family, the transference was completed. Having this beautiful site in Hazelmere has made a huge difference to the organisation and enabled the organisation to, in Chris’ words, ‘continue to build a heritage for the future’.

Heritage for the Future (1997) is a book written by Chris Fyfe about the first eighteen years of the Society. Chris also co-edited A Keepsake Book for All Ages and Generations (1989) with Barrie Oldfield.

Not many know that Chris had a strong connection to the land even before he joined MOTT. He was part of a shearing team in North-West WA. Later he trained in wool-classing and was employed as a valuer and auctioneer. Following that, Chris became an accountant and finally a writer with many published books to his name.

In his own words he captures the essence of the organisation which has stood the test of time: ‘What the words cannot adequately impart are the disappointments, the occasional sadness and tears, the joy and laughter and the fun, and the camaraderie of people – young and old – all dedicated to the planting and preservation of trees’.

… and words cannot adequately impart the love we have for this great man, admiration of what he achieved, the support and foresight he provided to our organisation and towards making this world a place in which all people recognise the value of trees.

2021 Trillion Trees Challenge
On June 19 we had a great day at Whiteman Park getting our annual Trillion Trees Challenge underway. We began the morning with a Welcome to Country smoking ceremony by Whadjuk Noongar Elder Herbert Bropho and then our wonderful tree planters got to work with plenty of seedlings happily planted in their new homes.

A big thanks to all involved including our major sponsor De Bortoli Wines, the fabulous CWA Midland Branch for providing catering, our dedicated tree planters and our tireless Trillion Trees staff. Great work everyone!
Tree Planting Season Update
The Trillion Trees team and our fabulous volunteer tree planters have been very busy during the last few weeks with a couple of planting events successfully completed.

On the 16th of July we held a planting event at Reg Bond Reserve with Bowra & O'Dea and the 17th of July we planted at SERCUL with Sathaya Sai. Our vollies braved some wet weather but put in a great effort. Thanks to everyone involved.
Kambarang Festival
At Trillion Trees we strive to inspire society to take positive action and respect the environment. Indigenous people call this 'healing country', at Trillion Trees we call it 'environmental restoration'. Together with the Noongar people we have developed an inspiring festival to bring people together to Heal Country, Restore Nature and Reconnect Community through our Kambarang Festival. 

The Kambarang Festival is our way to inspire the community to learn how to create a sustainable future, in a safe, friendly and enjoyable way. Kambarang is Noongar "Spring" and  it starts in October.  It's a time of blossoms and the birth of native fauna.

The Kambarang Festival will be held in October 2021 at Weeip Park in Midland and will engage a culturally diverse demographic, whilst building stronger relationships between local businesses, residents and community groups, and local, state and federal government.

It consists of four interconnecting 'pillars':
1. Celebrating Indigenous culture and knowledge
2. Connecting the country to the city
3. Bringing people together to heal country, heal people and restore nature
4. Celebrating Multiculturalism/diversity - in Kambarang or "in bloom"

We are working with Aboriginal Elders, local schools and community groups to offer a range of exciting fun and educational activities including Noongar music and song, with some incredible Aboriginal Artists alongside the Perth Symphony Orchestra.

Keep an eye on our newsletters and social media pages for updates about the Kambarang Festival!
Revegetation Program Plant Distribution
Jill and our awesome vollies have been working extra hard in the nursery getting ready for the distribution of plants as part of the City of Swan’s Rural Properties Revegetation Program.

The City of Swan engaged Trillion Trees to grow about 30,000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers to complement the City’s natural environment. What a great achievement by all those involved.
Badjaling Planting
Our CEO Denise recently attended a planting at the Badjaling Noongar Community near Quairading. Trillion Trees has partnered with Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation to work with community members to plant trees in the area.

Pictured are our tree planters Rodney, Mark, Daniel and Cynthia with Denise.
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We, as a global community, need a new tree planting target - to plant 1 trillion trees! If each person in the world plants 140 trees, we will achieve this!
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