Planting the Seeds of Change and Fostering a Love of Nature

Garden Centres of Australia (GCA) is thrilled to announce its partnership with One Tree Per Child (OTPC). OTPC began as a grassroots tree-planting initiative in schools councils and communities. Now, through GCA we are rolling out OTPC as an ongoing program to engage children and promote gardening as a wonderful activity for the whole family.

One Tree Per Child was founded by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee in 2015. They were also the original founders of Australia’s highly successful ‘National Tree Day’.  Olivia and Jon, along with a number of eminent ambassadors around the world, have worked tirelessly to promote solid community values and create a love    of the environment in our children.

Many of us can recall that our love for gardening came from our grandparents. GCA wants to promote this special relationship by providing a program to encourage an interest and connection to gardening from a young age.

GCA is rallying all green-thumbed Grandparents and parents to visit their local Garden Centres. The mission? Purchase a plant – be it a tree, shrub or even an indoor plant and get planting and tending to the plant with their grandchildren or children.  It’s not just about the trees, it’s about sowing the seeds of environmental consciousness and stewardship.

The OTPC initiative in local Garden Centres takes the program to the next level. It provides an ongoing opportunity and legacy for children to be inspired by nature.

This initiative provides a collaborative campaign to bring families into the local Garden Centre on a regular basis to help educate their customers. It provides guidance on watering, fertilising, and protecting trees and plants from pests. It encourages children to observe and record changes in the plant or tree over time.  We want to combat the ‘I’m bored there’s nothing to do’ mentality.  Gardening is a wonderful activity. As gardeners we all know there’s always something to do or to observe that gardens and plants are good for the soul!

Together, we can make a lasting impact on the environment and inspire children and families to embrace the joy of gardening and support local businesses.

One Tree Per Child Garden Centre Program will launch around Australia in June, 2024.

Every plant purchased for OTPC will come with a commemorative certificate to be signed by the grandparent or custodian.  It’s not just a plant; it’s a memory waiting to blossom. The Certificate will be part of a Presentation Pack containing a Planting Guide, Activity Ideas for the Young, an invitation to join a quarterly gardening Enews and more.

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Or Leigh Siebler M: 0409 889 779