Workpower and Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) has extended its partnership to plant more than 500 trees ahead of National Tree Day.
National Tree Day is Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care event, used as a call to action for all Australians to roll up their sleeves and give back to the environment.
Since 1996, 26 million trees have been planted and five million volunteers have joined in the efforts of National Tree Day.
This year, Workpower has provided plants and man power to support the Annual Tree Planting Day at Tamala Park, located near Workpower and Mindarie Regional Council’s Tamala Park Reuse Shop which is a showcase of the strong relationship.
Workpower Nursery delivers seeds of life
In a first for the partnership, Workpower has backed Mindarie Regional Council’s Annual Tree Planting Day through the donation of more than 600 native plants from its Wholesale Nursery.
For the Workpower Nursery team of 35, 23 of which have a disability, production of the seedlings started in February and they have nurtured them into young plants ready for planting.
“The wide variety of natives that we have available are perfect for tree planting days like this as they’ll adapt nicely to their new surrounds and will be great for the local wildlife,” said Nursery Manager, Carolyn Woodmansey.
“It’s nice knowing the plants are going to such a great cause, giving back to the environment and helping it grow.”
“Projects like this also provide a great opportunity for our team to train and upskill, giving them experience to take on new tasks and contracts.”
Seeds of growth
Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) has been leading the way for tree planting and conservation activities for the past 11 years, with this year no different.
Historically, the National Tree Planting Day was a community event whereby the local community was invited to participate in the day, along with regular MRC contractors, on a volunteer basis. This resulted in anywhere between 10-20 people pitching in to help.
In recent times, the Mindarie Regional Council has increased its efforts and sought support from for-purpose businesses and on-site contractors to maximise the number of trees planted.
Mindarie Regional Council is very pleased with the number of trees planted this year, and appreciates the time, effort and continued support of those involved.
“The total number of trees has grown over the years, starting with 200 Native plants and now averaging more than 400 plants a year, in locations that benefit the animals on site, increase the biodiversity and improve the natural environmental.” said MRC CEO Scott Cairns.
The Workpower team who are assisting in the planting has grown from a two person team last year, to a 4 person team this year with intentions to continue growing.
Like-minded organisations join forces
This planting day extends on an already strong partnership between Mindarie Regional Council and Workpower, who together deliver the Tamala Park Reuse Shop located at 1700 Marmion Avenue, Tamala Park.
The shop first opened in 2020 and provides employment opportunities for people with disability and countless benefits for the environment selling preloved household and furniture items. Click here to find out more about our Tamala Park Reuse Shop or pop in and see what treasures you can find.