Kambarang Festival – this Saturday October 30 – 1pm till 8pm.

 Heal Country – Restore Nature – Connect Community

Trillion Trees in partnership with Moorditji Koort Aboriginal Corporation and the City of Swan are excited to deliver the inaugural Kambarang Festival this Saturday October 30 starting at the LoCale in Midland!

Kambarang Festival is a celebration of Aboriginal culture and our shared human connection to the unique landscape of the Swan (Whadjuk) region. The event brings together an inspiring mix of art, nature, and education through a host of entertainment and stalls including: The Perth Symphony Orchestra featuring Noongar Artist Natasha Eldridge; Richard Walley and the Six Seasons Band, plus a large-scale puppetry performance by Karen Hethey and children from Moordjit Noongar Community College and Woodbridge Primary School. It will also feature the official opening of the stunning new Weeip Park development by the City of Swan.

It is a free entry event and will start at The LoCale at 1pm before the huge puppet parade will lead the crowds to Weeip Park for its official opening. Throughout the day and night there will be live entertainment, unique eco focused market stalls, kids’ activities, gourmet food and much more!

What does Kambarang mean? Kambarang is the fifth season of the Noongar calendar, running from October to November. It is a season of birth, marked by an explosion of wildflowers and warmer weather.

Check out our Facebook event page for more info. See you there!

Kambarang Festival 2021 – Puppets Tell An Ancient Story

As part of the exciting array of entertainment on display at Kambarang this October, visitors will have the opportunity to see the work of master puppetry artist, Karen Hethey.

Working with children from Moorditj Noongar Community College and Woodbridge Primary School, Karen and her team will create over 50 different puppets to tell the ancient story of the six Noogar seasons. Combining music and song the children will weave the puppets through the crowd to create an enchanting visual display that shares traditional Noogar knowledge of the changing seasons, plants, and animals, and the Whadjuk (Swan) region.

Karen Hethey is a multi-disciplinary artist, Animateur/Director, puppetry artist, performance maker and mentor and we are fortunate to have her extensive experience in creating large scale puppetry performances as part of the Kambarang experience. Stay tuned to our Facebook event page for more as preparation for the festival gets underway!

2021 Planting Season Wrap-Up

Well, that’s a wrap for our planting season, with the support of our major sponsor De Bortoli we put more than 57,000 plants in the ground over the last four months. There’s never a dull moment in planting season and this year has brought us trials and tribulations, with the Swan River deciding to burst its banks and flood part of our new restoration area in Viveash just a week after we planted it… Thankfully the flooded gums seem happy about the very wet start in their new home.

It was a muddy time out east this year with Activate the Wheatbelt at our Gabbin planting, the rain was constant, the soil was soddened, but our spirits could not be broken! A huge thankyou to all involved at Gabbin, and with the 25,000 plants Trillion Trees brought to the party, it was a huge success in some trying conditions.  

Our ongoing restoration project at Whiteman Park saw another 22,000 plants go in continuing our partnership at Whiteman Park. This year we also discovered that our fenced planting site is home to a small population of native Quenda, who play an important role in natural environment, as ‘ecosystem engineers’ digging and providing essential dispersion of mycorrhizal fungi beneficial to the whole plant community. These specific Quenda; however, seem to have developed a penchant for digging up our newly planted seedlings… The solution, many hours of bagging and staking all our seedlings to inhibit their removal and to allow our plants to grow big enough to one day benefit from the Quenda activity in the area.  

A big thankyou to the 55 young adults from Melville SHS who started their restoration ecology journey with us at our ongoing project at Guildford Meadows, helping to plant 4,000 trees and assist in the rebuilding of an important local ecosystem.

This year’s plantings wouldn’t have been possible without all the incredible volunteers who donated their time and effort to come along to our community planting days, special mentions to the regular volunteers at the nursery (you know who you are) who spent an unexpected many hours threading tree bag, and then helping in the arduous task of installing them all. 

Thanks to all involved in this year’s plantings, stay tuned for bigger things next year!

Julian Beasley – Ecological Restoration Coordinator

Impact100 WA Grant Update

We are so please to be announced as runner-ups for the 2021 Impact100 WA grant! On Tuesday the 26th of October our CEO Denise delivered a fantastic presentation about our organisation's background, mission and goals. We were awarded $20,000 which will be used to continue our work in growing and planting trees and providing environmental education through our schools program.

Impact100 WA is a collaborative giving group that pools its donations to make a significant difference in areas of need. They have supported so many great local organisations and work to make a real difference.

Trillion Trees Schools Program Planting

Earlier this month the Trillion Trees Team were joined by students from Melville Senior High School in planting 4000 native trees and shrubs along the lovely Swan River in Guildford.

The Trillion Trees Schools Program promotes teaching kids the value of conservation, restoration and discovering a love of trees and the environment. Giving kids hands-on experiences like our tree planting events is a great way to do this. What a great effort form all involved! 

Nursery Visit

We love a busy nursery! The Trillion Trees nursery recently hosted the horticulture, conservation and land management students from North Metropolitan TAFE as they learn the perfect potting technique from Nursery Manager, Jill. Looking forward to seeing what this keen bunch of students will achieve to keep our planet green and healthy!

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