Oceana/Antarctic

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Oceana/Antarctic

We are a self funding Not for Profit organisation founded in 1979 (formerly known as Men of The Trees). We have planted more than 15 million native trees & understory to improve biodiversity, combat salinity and soil erosion. Members, sponsors, donors, community and corporate volunteers have been part of this important work. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago – second best time is RIGHT NOW so make a tax deductible donation today – every dollar goes to our tree planting programs! Men of the Trees was founded in Kenya on 22 July 1922. Richard St Barbe Baker, a forestry officer in the colonial service, was employed to issue timber felling licences. But he had a conscience about the forests. He undertook long safaris through the rain forests to assess the annual increment of the trees with commercial value. He would never issue licences that allowed the forest to be cut other than on a sustained yield basis. His research took him to the great bamboo forests and then eventually into the northern highlands of Kenya. Here he found a devastating situation. Instead of the lush tropical forests, he found sparse scrubland. Here the native Kikuyu people followed the practise of ‘slash and burn’ agriculture. The land soon ceased to produce crops and the people would be forced to move on, clearing more scrub to grow their food and not restoring the cleared areas. St Barbe held conferences with the tribal elders and eventually they agreed that trees were valuable and that the way to improve their land and avoid mass starvation was to revegetate. This great work began with a great Dance—the Dance of the Trees. That first great dance drew the participation of 3,000 Moran warriors. But before he would allow the dance to proceed St Barbe chose 50 volunteers who would become the first ’Watu wa Miti’ – Men of the Trees. Each member took a solemn oath to serve the principles of planting and caring for trees in order to save their land from desertification. Each upheld that promise, and the secret password ‘TWAHAMWE’ meaning “we are all one”. Today, this idea has spread worldwide. Men of the Trees is now active in many countries including two mainland states in Australia. In Western Australia the Society has been active since 1979 and is now known as Trillion Trees. Today more than 2000 members and volunteers collectively grow and plant tens of thousands of trees in a season. In Western Australia we dedicate our greatest efforts to improving biodiversity and combating salinity & soil erosion by planting native trees and understory. Men of the Trees WA was renamed as Trillion Trees in 2017.

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The Arbor Centre was originally established by Rob Bodenstaff in 1985. At the core of our values is our passion to do the right things for trees on behalf of business, our community and our residential client base. The Arbor Centre is well-known as a 'best-in-class' business; constantly engaged by Land and Property Developers, Local and State Government, Town Planners, Landscape Architects and Contractors, Project Managers and the Public – to deliver a unique blend of tree supply and installation, advisory/consultancy, pruning/canopy management, transplanting and specialist below surface services. We utilise our skill, precision and knowledge both above and below surface to professionally nurture, care and manage all aspects of trees for the benefit of the businesses and communities we serve, and also for the betterment of our health and the environment we live in. Regardless of the nature of your project with us, our commitment to you includes open communication, an evidence-based approach, best practice, knowledge sharing, targeted advice and the right outcomes.

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