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14 September 2017

1000 new trees planted at Waurn Ponds

1000 trees now have a new home at the Waurn Ponds Campus just in time for Spring, thanks to a generous group of Deakin students and staff who braved the cold to participate in July’s National Tree Day.

National Tree Day is an initiative in its 22nd year that encourages businesses and other local groups to get together, enjoy the outdoors and support our natural environment by planting trees and shrubs. The Waurn Ponds Campus was one of 3000 estimated planting sites around the country.

With the help of our talented landscape gardeners from the Campus Services Division, 25 students embraced their green thumbs alongside staff to beautify the campus and do their part for the environment. The new, native trees were planted on the south-east side of campus near the student residences. After getting their hands dirty the group enjoyed lunch together at Market Hall.

More than 3,000 trees have been planted over the last several years as part of the same initiative, which has enhanced the natural beauty of the campus (and kept our grounds team pretty busy). It’s part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, and will both partially offset some of the University’s carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, and increase biodiversity and habitats for wildlife on campus.


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