One Tree Per Child / National Tree Day

Greater Shepparton City Council invites our community to partner with us to make Greater Shepparton a greener, happier place by planting 18, 330 indigenous plants in 2018 via the global One Tree Per Child Project.

Planting a tree is often a child’s first act of volunteering for the benefit of our entire community. Let’s leave the municipality in better condition than what we inherited. Let’s plant a tree for every child and enjoy watching the trees grow as our children grow!

The global One Tree Per Child initiative was founded by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, who also founded the highly successful National Tree Day Program. Council has committed to facilitate a native plant to be planted for each child (person aged under 18), every year for five years (2017-2021).

The One Tree Per Child Project exceeded its planting target of 16,664 plants in 2017, with 17,016 plants being planted by 2,771 participants across 44 planting sites.

Exceeding the planting target could only be achieved by establishing partnerships with as many schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Landcare and community groups as possible. A total of 43 different groups were involved in 2017, including 13 schools, 10 community groups and 5 kinders/childcare centres.

Although the project is called One Tree Per Child, the species planted were indigenous trees, shrubs, groundcovers and grasses that have largely been cleared from our region. A total of 57 different species of trees, shrubs, groundcovers and grasses were planted to help restore a diverse range of woodland species to provide habitat for woodland birds and other native fauna species.

Further information on our 2017 achievements is outlined in the achievements report and presentation below.

Help Greater Shepparton grow into a greener, happier community

Get Involved in 2018

Schools, businesses and community groups are invited to contact Council to nominate a planting location or to request to plant at a Council-prepared site. Council will provide free indigenous plants, guards, stakes and weedmats. Please complete the relevant Expression of Interest form below.

Find out more about the global One Tree Per Child program here