TRILLION TREES NEWS

JANUARY 2020

2020 is the Trillion Trees Decade

Trillion Trees is more than the name of our organisation.

It is a vision of a much greener world. It is a name that says we, as a global community, need to find ways to plant 1 trillion more trees on the planet.

2020 marks the start of the Trillion Trees Decade in which the world must do its best to plant 1 trillion trees to bring Mother Earth some much needed healing. Earth’s skin needs protection and trees are the best protection.

At Trillion Trees we encourage each person in the world to plant 140 trees as this equates to 1 trillion trees. Time is of the essence. We must act. Whilst there have been fires raging in parts of Australia and devastating the land, we must keep up tree planting where we can, giving a chance to the fire ravaged places and communities to heal first.

How can you make 2020 the Trillion Trees Decade?
Help fund our tree planting programs. Using the formula of 140 trees per person a company with 10 staff could aim to fundraise or donate enough to plant 1,400 trees - and ideally join us to plant the trees! Local governments could work out creative strategies so that 140 trees (trees and understorey) are planted for every resident in their area. This will take some clever thinking and it will be challenging – but we must do something!

This is the Trillion Trees Decade.
What will you do to lead the way?

Dr Sandra Krempl, CEO

Update from the Revegetation Hub

Maintenance and Collecting Seeds
Thank you to everyone who emailed us to help maintain our planting sites and collect seeds. January is always a busy month with school holidays, and so far we've visited 3 planting sites.

Everyone who registered their interest were emailed details of our upcoming workshop this Monday morning February 3rd with Chris Ferreira from The Forever Project from 10:30am - 12noon. Chris will discuss tree plantings including pre and post care of plantings, and in the afternoon Rosie Scott and Georgia Robbins will Photo-point/GPS the previous Memorial Grove Sites - you are welcome to join us to learn about this process, just email admin@trilliontrees.org.au to register - the workshop is being held at SERCUL at 1 Harley Road Beckenham.

In December Paul Barber and Harry Eslick from Arbor Carbon provided a GPS/ Photo-point monitoring workshop for five of our active volunteers: Kat Hudson, Rosie Scott, Noni Oldfield, Eziah Van den Haak and Georgia Robbins. Photo on Left - Rosie, Eziah, Noni, Georgia & Kathrine outside Arbor Carbon

Kat, Georgia and myself have already used the knowledge we gained when monitoring planting sites in December and at the beginning January when completing the grant acquittal for our Water Street Grant which was gratefully received from the Australia Government's National Landcare Program – Environment Small Grants. Thank you Kat, Georgia and Erin Verran (TT Accounts Manager) for ensuring the acquittal was made on time. Ref Middle Photo - Georgia Robbins and Kat Hudson at Water Street Planting - Monitoring.

We've also commenced brush-cutting weeds at the Mundy Regional Park planting site. This has been a grueling job with Nyall Monks and Neil Donohue working even in temperatures up to 34C – champions!. Thank you, Neil, and Nyall for a job well done.

Lesmurdie Falls
On Monday January 20, Liz Kington, Rosie Scott, Georgia Robbins and Rosanne Scott inspected the Lesmurdie Falls planting site to establish photo-points/GPS. When we go back at the end of June we will see exactly how previous plantings have progressed. The Friends Of Upper Lesmurdie Falls have done a great job weeding a big area of the planting – thank you. Photo on Right - Georgia, Liz and Rosie – Lesmurdie Falls. 

2020 Planting Season
The planning and preparations for this year’s tree plantings are underway – stay tuned. If you want to join in make sure you REGISTER HERE.

Bee Group
The Trillion Trees Bee Group Committee will be meeting soon to put together the program for the year. Please email admin@trilliontrees.org.au if you want to be kept informed.

Rosanne Scott
Director Community Engagement and Revegetation
Help us kick start 2020
Angela Heymans is our new Administration Officer
Angela has been a volunteer at Trillion Trees for many years. She first assisted in the Nursery; has coordinated our stalls at festivals and events; provided much assistance in preparing for planting days and looked after the registration desk at several plantings. As a volunteer herself, Angela was the liaison person and mentor for the volunteer Administration Assistants since early last year. She supports the library committee and helps to keep that work moving along. Mid last year she took on a small contract with us pulling all our existing Policies and Procedures together for review. This is still ongoing, as part of her administration work is doing the research and development for the Board’s Policy Development sub-committee. By the way, Angela loves baking. So, we are looking forward to sampling some of this in the not too distant future! We are very lucky to have Angela join our staff team. Welcome, Angela, to your new role. .

Million Trees Schools Program for 2020

February signifies the beginning of the new school year and the start of another growing season for the four dedicated and energetic Million Trees volunteers. In the next few weeks we will be hitting schools with our seeds, cuttings, potting mix and pots to begin working with the children and their enthusiastic teachers.

The Million Trees Program provides direction and guidance to schools in introducing and running ‘hands on’ participation in the growing and nurturing of native species. The schools grow seedlings with practical assistance and advice from our team. Our aim is to get school children, teachers and staff involved in helping address the problems of land degradation while also contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gases. The emphasis is on native species planting in order to provide habitat for the local flora and fauna of areas planted.

Due to changes in the working responsibilities of our Million Trees volunteers we now have more time to dedicate to our schools. We hope to have at least 10 active schools by the end of this school year. Our Trillion Trees family can help by volunteering to assist in one of our schools or by encouraging their local schools to become involved in the program. I am personally looking forward to being able to go into my own grandchildren’s schools, interacting with their class.

John Winter
Million Trees Schools Program
Email - john@trilliontrees.org.au

 
Joanne Fotakis is our new Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator
Joanne has been managing our social media and newsletter since 2018. More than doubling our number of Facebook followers in a very short time and starting our Instagram Page. A lot of the credit for our growth in profile resulting in more tree planting volunteers, and increases in donations and sponsorships, has come as a result of this. Last year, Joanne voluntarily attended almost every single planting day come rain or shine. She did this to develop a strong working knowledge of these events and gain as much technical knowledge as possible. In this expanded role, Jo will also look after our fundraising supporters (donors and sponsors) and promote the opportunities we provide for individuals, communities and business to financially support ecological restoration. Jo, you have captured the Trillion Trees spirit in the many photos you have taken and words you have written. We are very grateful for the work you have done and look forward to next part of this journey. .
A world audit of trees in 2015 shows there are just 3 trillion trees left in the world - that's half what there used to be. 

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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