Thirty-two years ago, a group of like-minded community members came together to help farmers vegetate their land with native plants.
The Goulburn Valley Tree Group is a not-for-profit organisation.
They collect seeds from native species in the area and support the plants’ growth into healthy seedlings for sale at their Tatura nursery.
Originally the group was created from farmers, to help plant windbreaks and woodlots to be used as carbon dioxide offsets.
Today, most of their plants are sold to hobby farms or suburban families with land.
‘‘We buy and grow what we know will grow locally,’’ GV Tree Group member Nancy Bloodworth said.
With a strong focus on supporting children, all proceeds go towards various sporting clubs in the area and other child-related organisations and projects.
This year, the group has 12400 plants of 70 different varieties for sale.
Volunteers gather on a Tuesday morning to tend to the plants as well as undertaking general maintenance at the nursery.
Newest members of the GV Tree Group, Lou and Ros Vincitorio enjoy coming together with other people for a good cause.
‘‘I wish I started this earlier,’’ Mrs Vincitorio said.
‘‘It’s relaxing and nice companionship.’’
The nursery is open on Tuesdays from 9am to 11.30am and will be opening on Saturdays at the same time from April 7.
The nursery will be open until around the end of July unless plants are sold out prior.
A tube which contains one seedling costs $1.20 and a box of 48 trees costs $50.
If you’re looking to lend a helping hand, simply visit the nursery on a Tuesday and chat with the group.
The nursery is at 4-6 Kerford St, Tatura.
- Ashlea Witoslawski