Group aims for world tree-planting record

Men of the Trees CEO Cliff Morris with nursery manager Adele Scarfone and events manager Paula Galvin. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d416615
Men of the Trees CEO Cliff Morris with nursery manager Adele Scarfone and events manager Paula Galvin. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d416615

To coincide with National Schools Tree Day on July 25, it has set itself the task to plant 100,000 seedlings in 60 minutes on a 60ha site at Whiteman Park.

A record 99,103 plantings in an hour took place in Ladakh, India, in October, 2012.

Men of the Trees is seeking about 3000 volunteers to help them in the record attempt. Each would need to plant more than 30 seedlings in the hour.

Event manager Paula Galvin said the volunteers, made up of school students, community groups and individuals, would work systematically in grids.

‘We’re putting our people into teams of 50, each with a team leader. We need about 60 teams but more are welcome,’ she said.

‘So far we have about 25 teams who have said they are interested and that was just from word of mouth, social networks and our website.

‘All WA native species will be planted. Basically, what used to grow in that area will go in ” it was old grazing area.’

The group is aiming to surpass the world record by just one but has already planted 105,000 seedlings ” just in case.

Men of the Trees chief executive Cliff Morris said the greatest thing about the record attempt was involving the community in a good cause.

‘The most important thing is not the record but achieving our core mission of engaging the community and getting people to realise the importance of growing trees,’ he said.

‘I hope it’s something that promotes more funding for planting.’

Men of the Trees in WA was founded in 1979 and has planted more than 13 million trees since.

Among the group’s main aims is to help offset carbon emissions and climate change.

To register as a seedling planter, call Paula on 9250 1888 or email paula@menofthe trees.com.au.