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One Tree Per Child program

One tree per child

Connecting children to our local environment and our community

Knox City Council invites all local primary schools to participate in a new international program that has been established for children to plant two million trees by 2020.

This program aims to help the environment and wildlife, educate children and inspire pupils to volunteer and get involved with the community.

Your school can participate by getting involved in a Council-led ‘One Tree per Child’ planting event.

The benefits a child gets from planting a tree:

  • As a child grows, so does their tree. This connection between the child and their tree leads to increased environmental awareness and care.
  • Planting a tree is often a child’s first act of volunteering for their community.
  • Tree planting gives children ‘a sense of belonging’.
  • Research demonstrates a correlation between childhood contact with nature and better mental health.
  • Planting a tree empowers children into realising that they can make a personal difference for wildlife, our soil and the environment.
  • Tree planting supports wildlife habitat and local amenity.

If you would like to find out more about the program, register your interest using the online form below or contact Knox Council’s Biodiversity Team on 9298 8000 or email biodiversity@knox.vic.gov.au

Register Your School's Interest

To get involved, choose a planting site from the list below and register your details now!

Register Now

One Tree Per Child Sites for 2019

Avoca Reserve, enter from Avoca Way, Wantirna

(Melway ref. 63 G11) This small treed reserve contains scattered large old indigenous trees and a large area of open space.

This revegetation/restoration project will enhance the existing canopy of trees and provide habitat for local birds that visit.

Blind Creek Corridor, Ferntree Gully

(Melway ref. 64 J11) A site of biological significance, Blind Creek Corridor is a major corridor for daily and seasonal movements of water birds and insects. The treed canopy along the creek provide nest sites for bird species and mammals that only breed in tall trees and the billabong and riparian zone provides refuge for frogs, insects and wetland birds.

This revegetation project will support and enhance the existing habitat corridor and riparian system.

Colchester Reserve, Cnr Beresford Drive & Colchester Road, Boronia

(Melway ref. 64 F2) A site of biological significance, this reserve runs alongside Dandenong Creek and contains wetlands and water treatment pools. This site is on a major corridor for daily and seasonal movements of water birds and insects.

This revegetation project will support and enhance the existing habitat surrounding the wetland and riparian system.

Dandenong Creek, Bayswater

(Melway ref. 64 B3) A site of biological significance, Dandenong Creek Corridor is a major corridor for daily and seasonal movements of water birds and insects. The Manna Gums dotted along the creek provide nest sites for bird species and mammals that only breed in tall trees and the recently constructed wetlands provide refuge for frogs, insects and wetland birds.

This revegetation project will support and enhance the existing habitat corridor and riparian system.

Guy Turner Reserve, Bayswater

(Melway ref. 64 C6) This reserve has undergone extensive re-development and enhancement works. The playground includes wide spread landscaping with the provision of new shelter areas, pathways and play equipment. ‘Play’ was a community art project facilitated by Bayswater West Community Hub in collaboration with Knox City Council’s Community Arts Officer and Open Landscape team.

This revegetation project will support and enhance the existing habitat surrounding the playground and open space.

Koolunga Reserve, Forest Road, Ferntree Gully

(Melway ref. 65 C11) A site of biological significance, this reserve’s remnant vegetation is comprised of locally rare and threatened plants. There is a high density and diversity of trees and shrubs, creating habitat for insects and birds and the dense ground flora provides food for butterflies and insects.

This revegetation project will support and enhance the existing habitat of ground flora for local butterflies and insects.

Quarry Reserve, Quarry Road, Ferntree Gully

(Melway ref 74 C4) This 15.5-hectare reserve has a unique character with a lake, bushland and open areas suited to wildlife and plant observations, enjoying the environment and trekking through nature trails. The park includes plants grown from seeds harvested from the area to keep it as close to the original native bushland types as possible. A swampy woodland has been established around the lake, attractive to local water birds.

It’s a lovely setting for nature conservation. The lake gives it unique habitat attributes and the experiences it provides with water birds and water for children in an urban environment are particularly valued locally.

This revegetation/restoration project will enhance the existing canopy of trees and provide habitat for local birds that visit.

Tim Neville Arboretum, Dorset Road, Boronia

(Melway ref. 74 A1) Known as ‘The Peoples Park’ the Tim Neville Arboretum is a popular local park that contains a large playground, two lakes with elevated boardwalks, a secret garden, bbq facilities and public toilets. Possums, wood ducks, water hens and cormorants are regular inhabitants of the arboretum. Existing plant species consist of mainly Australian natives with a mixture of some exotics.

This revegetation project will support and enhance the habitat surrounding the large trees along the Blind Creek Corridor.

This project is supported by One Tree Per Child, through funding from the Australian Government's 20 Million Trees Programme, part of the National Landcare Programme.

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