• May 2018

Can You Help?

The Blackburn and District Tree Society has put out a call for donations to support another print run of its recent publication Fighting for the Trees. Published May 2017,  copies have almost run out and additional books would enable copies to schools, libraries, local environmental organizations, community groups and bushland park advisory committees.

Targeted tax-deductible donations can be made by clicking the yellow Online Donation box and indicate that donations are specifically for ‘Tree Society Book Printing’. The society needs $1,000 so a $20 donation will print one book (or even better a $100 donation will print five books).

Fighting for the Trees – the story of the Blackburn & District Tree Preservation Society available at $25 per copy for tree society members and $30 for non-members. Email to order, $10 extra for postage is required.

fighting for the trees cover

  • October 2017 – Local Indigenous Nurseries.

We encourages residents to include indigenous plants in their gardens. Indigenous plants encourage birds and wildlife into the garden but more importantly private gardens help maintain linkages between parks and reserves. This  allow wildlife to move more easily through the urban environment.  Many plants that can be sourced from local indigenous nurseries. Prices are reasonable and advice from volunteers is invaluable.


Green link nursery at Box Hill

Bungalook nursery at Blackburn South

  • September 2017 – Gardens for Wildlife.The Fund committee have been in discussions with Millie Wells from City of Whitehorse to provide expertise and grants if necessary to help Council establish a ‘Gardens for Wildlife’ pilot. The concept is based on a successful program being run by the City of Knox. The first 20 residents that register receive a garden assessment, a written report, 20 free plants from one of our indigenous nurseries, our newsletter subscription and ongoing garden and local wildlife information – all free!More details can be found on the Council Website:

    Environmental grants for 2016-17 program:

    1. The Whitehorse Indigenous Plants Project for provision of free plants to residents along the rail corridor impacted by vegetation loss due to the Blackburn and Heatherdale level crossing removals.
    2. Yarran Dheran Advisory Committee Education Program to purchase educational equipment.
    3. The Blackburn and District Tree Preservation for protecting the vegetation at 25 Holland Rd.


  • May 2017 – Re-vegetation for residents along rail corridor.The Fund has provided a financial grant to the Bungalook Community Nursery to provide up to 4 indigenous plants to residents impacted by recent level crossing works along the rail corridor between Blackburn and Heatherdale.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority has agreed to promote this offer to residents. It is hoped residents will take up this offer as a way of enhancing their back yards and helping to restore the vegetation corridor along the rail line.

This offer can be taken up by presenting the voucher                … more …

  • April 2017 – Fighting back to restore biolink habitat.

    The Tree Society and the Blackburn & District Environment Protection Fund have offered a re-planting program to local residents  living near 25 Holland Road.

    This site was moonscaped recently following a VCAT ruling disallowing a childcare facility to be built on the site. Upwards of 25-30 large trees and shrubs were chopped down three weeks after the VCAT decision was publicised to the anger and pain of local residents.

    This area is important as it abuts SLO2 residential areas to the east and Holland Road acts as a biolink between Wurundjeri Walk, Wandinong Sanctuary and the Blackburn Creeklands. 

    As such there is a great opportunity to plant in the side and back gardens of the 10 or so properties abutting 25 Holland Road (i.e.10-20 plants per property)

    The Fund has offered a small environment grant of $500 for the project, the tree society would provide advice and help with planting and the residents are keen to plant this winter.

  • Environmental grants for 2015-16 fund program:

    • Kingswood College Junior School (Box Hill South),
    • Bungalook community indigenous plant nursery in Blackburn South.
    • Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Education Program for educational equipment for the very successful education program.
  • The April 2016 annual Whitehorse Sustainability Awards included the inaugural Indigenous Garden Award category sponsored by The Fund. Two prizes of $300 were awarded.
    • Community – Bushcare Group, Mount Pleasant Road Primary School, Nunawading
    • Residential – Helen and Lynton Reid
  • The Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Education Program has been a great success. The Fund has provided support in recent years. See the 2014/15 Annual Summary for details.
  • Three local organisations have received environmental grants of up to $500 in the current 2014-15 fund program. They are:
    • Kingswood College Junior School (Box Hill South),
    • Mt. Pleasant Road Primary School (Nunawading) and
    • Bungalook community indigenous plant nursery in Blackburn South.
  • 2014/15 Small Grants applications have closed. Successful applicants have been advised.
  • 2014/15 Small Grants program open. Applications close Friday 2nd May 2014. Do you qualify? Go to Small Grants Program to check.
  • Web Page changed to – Jan 2014
  • Friends of Healesville Freeway Reserve (Whitehorse) are seeking support to save remnant bush and open space – See Web Page – A Community Open Day is being held on Sunday 26 May – See Flyer
  • Newsletter3. – May 2013
  • The Fund is recognised with Council Award – April 2013
  • 2nd round of Small Grants Program – November 2012
  • Launch of Small Grants Program – June 2011
  • Reporting on Blackburn Lake Education Program – Sep 2010
  • First grant supports environment education at Blackburn Lake – Nov 2009
  • Donation for Margaret Dacy collection – Oct 2009
  • Website launched May 2009.


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