News from Global Tree Initiative Australia

Mark Allaway and Jill Lancashire have been part of the Global Tree Initiative’s team for many years now, and they have diligently planned and organized many tree-planting activities over the years.

Since the beginning of this year, 2024, the team in Australia has grown considerably, with 7 new members joining.

We have shared success stories focusing on Ella’s plantings and heard about Nicole’s activities(stay tuned for those).

Recently, Mark shared with us:

“Our new GTI coordinator [Ella Humphreys] has been very busy since joining our expanded GTI Australia Regional Coordinator group in January 2024. Ella has reported 11 planting projects in her hometown of Ipswich and the Brisbane River Valley. With co-planters Rod and Chris in the Brisbane River Valley, Ella has planted trees that can cope with wet feet, such as Paperbarks, Tea trees, Swamp Mahogany, Sandpaper Figs, and Blue Gums. Ella has also been involved with restoration groups, doing the hard work of clearing noxious weeds and replanting native species. With her co-planter Scott, Ella has planted Native Hibiscus, Wattle, and Gum trees at a reserve that provides habitat for native fruit bats. These mammals are important vectors in spreading and germinating native tree fruit seeds, and they need trees that will support their colonies for resting during the day. It is a great example of how plants and animals are interdependent and how we can assist in restoring their habitat.”

It is exciting to see how our community in Australia is developing and we look forward to hearing more from you all!


From left to right: Georgie, Ella, Maria, Mark, Ösel, Nic, and Sue. They met in Bendigo at the last HAK retreat.



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