The Armidale Tree Group Inc. is a community-owned, social enterprise in Armidale NSW. Founded in 1983 the organisation’s mission is to “Sustain New England with Native Plants”. To help us fulfil this mission we operate a speciality nursery that grows and supplies cold climate native plants to the New England region of NSW and locally adapted vegetable and herbs for the home garden.
We also provide a range of Environmental Services including Farm Tree Plantings, Site Revegetation, Natural Area Restoration, Project Management, Native Seed Collection, Consulting and Training as well as Flora & Fauna Surveys. Finally we also offer domestic and commercial Landscaping services.
Being a “For Purpose” enterprise, our mission is to help restore the landscapes and biodiversity of the New England. To this end, we also carry out a number of community projects and educational activities to help improve the natural environment of Armidale and the southern New England region.
Being a community-owned social enterprise, the Armidale Tree Group is run “For Purpose – Not for Profit”. Annually we dedicate resources and money to a number of community projects that help us fulfil our mission of “Sustaining New England with Native Plants”.
An example of past projects include the revegetation of the Malpas Dam catchment in 1992 and the New England Highway Armidale Bypass planting. Currently, we manage a large Urban Bushland project in Armidale City, the Black Gully area. The Black Gully rehabilitation project has involved major weed removal, earthworks and dam works along with ecosystem restoration works in a threatened woodland community. One of the great outcomes of this project has been the Mike O’Keeffe Woodland which is now a popular recreational reserve in Armidale, having been transformed from a run down, weed-infested bush remnant.
Jobs Australia Employment
We host a Jobs Australia Employment Team who help us maintain the Black Gully Reserve as well as gaining skills in landscaping and parks management.
Bush Regeneration Activities
Members of the Armidale Tree Group coordinate bush regeneration activities at the Snowgums Reserve on North Hill in Armidale. The Armidale Tree Group also currently hosts one of the tree monitoring sites for the Smart Tree project, a community science project partnered by ICT International as well as a number of schools.