Lainie, Rachael, Kjell and Natalie with seedlings for the “Trees for Habitat” project

Armidale Tree Group has been awarded The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife’s (FNPW) Bushfire Recovery Grant to purchase a new greenhouse and benches to hold 15,000 native tree and shrub seedlings, to aid the ongoing recovery of habitat affected by the recent bushfires and drought.

The charity partner of Australia’s National Parks, FNPW has a national focus on “Creating Parks and Saving Species,” selecting Armidale Tree Group because of its commitment to supporting Australia’s conservation efforts for generations to come.

Alicia Cooper, General Manager of the Armidale Tree Group, said that this grant would be vital to progressing their project and assisted with improving the facilities for the group’s volunteers, who are an essential component of the group’s success over the years. “We’re very thankful to the FNPW for its support with a community grant and are looking forward to playing a vital role in preserving and regenerating Australia’s natural environment.”

FNPW is focused on helping fund projects that have a direct conservation outcome, an environmental education program and support Australia’s cultural heritage.

FNPW CEO, Ian Darbyshire said: “The purpose of our community grants is to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. Trees for Habitat is an example of the proactive work being done by our local communities around the country.”

Over the coming months, the Trees for Habitat project will begin propagation of 15,000 plants to assist habitat revegetation efforts in the New England Tablelands. These seedlings will be provided free of charge to local community groups and projects.
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