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13 million native plants and counting
Men of the Trees (MOTT) has a mission: to bring people together to plant and grow trees, and to achieve healthy, productive, sustainable landscapes. To support this goal, every year they grow and sell more than 200,000 native plant seedlings. They helped created the Children's Forest at Whiteman Park and the City Farm in East Perth. Now the annual Festival of the Trees Open Day on 6 September offers the opportunity to learn more about these projects and much more in a fun-filled day out the whole family will enjoy.
The open day features entertainment and education plus a variety of market stalls and refreshments. Children will enjoy face painting and a visit from Fat Cat while parents can join Chris Ferreira from The Forever Project as he presents practical ideas that can help communities "work towards a sustainable, happy and prosperous future". Dr Juan Tous, a world expert on carob trees, will speak about this very useful tree. There will also be nursery tours and a range of seedlings for sale. Electric cars and scooter displays are sure to attract attention as is Transition Town Guildford, with both offering practical ideas for sustainable living.
Since it began in Western Australia in 1979 MOTT has planted more than 13 million seedlings, including 100,450 in one day as a Guinness World Record attempt. Much of the work in raising and planting seedlings is done by volunteers. The Festival of the Trees Open Day is a great way to celebrate and support their efforts.
The MOTT St Barbe Grove Nursery is located at Lot 2 Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere (Corner Amherst Rd). Parking will be available for a gold coin donation.