30 Years of the Million Trees Program
Hayley Swart, a research intern from the UWA McCusker Centre, has systematically gone through the Million Trees Program’s historical files to find out how many trees were planted through this program.
As part of this process, Hayley also confirmed the number of schools that were involved over its 30 year history.
The findings were first presented on the 23rd October at Trillion Trees in Hazelmere. On this occasion, John Winter, current Trillion Trees Schools Coordinator, also launched the new name for the program -Trillion Trees Schools. This is in keeping with global trends to collectively plant a trillion trees.
The Men of the Trees Peel Branch (MOTT Peel) are a past branch of Trillion Trees and now an independent association. They are still ‘family’ and we work closely together. MOTT Peel started the Million Trees Program (MTP) in 1996 and continued, even when it ceased to be active for a decade in the Hazelmere location. Hayley met with them through this process and also did a presentation of her findings for their members on the 26th October.
The findings are higher than previously thought and this is still a conservative figure as it is only based on available records.
Two and a half million trees were grown and planted by 332 schools over 30 years from 1990 to date.
Photo (L to R): Hayley, Pip Newman, Initiator of MOTT Peel MTP program, John Winter (current Trillion Trees Schools Coordinator