About Tree Project
TreeProject gets urban and rural communities working together to put trees back on the land. Our network of trained volunteers grow indigenous seedlings for rural landholders and Landcare groups who need our help with revegetation.
Working together, we are restoring urgently needed Indigenous vegetation and repairing Victoria’s damaged ecosystems. Our volunteers contribute their time and hard work to propagate and care for seedlings of Indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses in their own backyards.
Providing ‘at-cost’ seedlings from TreeProject – or the support and advice to people who want to grow their own – is often all the incentive and encouragement landholders need to start restoring degraded areas.
TreeProject is a community-based, not-for-profit (charitable) organisation. We are primarily funded by donations, memberships, corporate support and philanthropy.
- Trains volunteers to propagate Indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses
- Supports landholders to repair degraded land by providing at-cost provenance-based plants
- Links city and country people to work together to tackle erosion, improve soil and water quality, and restore ecosystems
- Provides training and support for anyone in the community growing Indigenous seedlings
- Develops skills and knowledge – building capacity in the community – for propagating Indigenous seedlings
- Fosters community engagement through practical, achievable and enduring environmental projects
- Provides special project support through The TreeProject Nursery
- Raises awareness of the importance of revegetation
Since 1989 TreeProject has grown and planted over 2.5 million trees.
2015 Annual Report
What motivates us
Loss of vegetation and land degradation are urgent environmental problems.
The degradation of Victoria’s landscape began over 100 years ago and continues today. Native vegetation is being lost on private land in Victoria at a rate of 4,000 hectares per year. We are facing soil erosion, salinity, loss of habitat, reduced biodiversity and climate change.
Revegetation is the primary way we can:
- Tackle salinity and erosion
- Improve water quality
- repair ecosystems
- Restore our waterways
- Conserve biodiversity
- Provide habitat for wildlife corridors
- Fight climate change
- Offset carbon
People repairing the land should not have to do it alone
TreeProject’s philosophy is that people living on and wishing to repair the land should not bear the burden of revegetation alone. We all share in the unfortunate legacy of unproductive land practices. We also all share the benefits of repairing the ecosystems which we all rely on for healthy air, water and soil quality.
Revegetation is vital for healthy climate, healthy soil and healthy waterways
Vegetation provides root structure in the soil and prevents excess water entering our ground waters causing salinity. It is essential in maintaining the quantity and quality of water in our waterways by preventing erosion and mitigating flood events. Vegetation provides habitat for wildlife, conserves biodiversity and combats climate change through carbon sequestration. Learn more about reasons to revegetate.
Revegetation is expensive, time consuming and difficult
Revegetating damaged land needs to include fencing, weed control, tree guarding and ongoing maintenance. The high cost of revegetation is the biggest deterrent for landholders.
TreeProject makes revegetation affordable
With the help of our volunteers who grow seedlings in their backyards, we can provide seedlings for cost of growing supplies which is often the incentive, support and encouragement landholders need to start repairing degraded land.
TreeProject builds community capacity
Through our Propagation Portal and Ask the Expert Blog we are helping people in the community to grow Indigenous seedlings for themselves. We develop and support community capacity in propagation and revegetation.
What you can do to help us