Men Of The Trees, Peel Branch (MOTT) has a long history and connection with a worldwide environmental group. We are a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation that propagate and plant native plants, as well as sell healthy young tube stock to the public.
Our activities are focused on propagating and planting native plants. The Shed is our hub for propagation and sales, while the Million Trees Program (MTP) and Community Planting Projects are centred around education and planting in schools and the broader community.
Plant sales – The Shed
The Shed is located in Dawesville (1 Thisbe Drive) and is open March to November every Sunday 9 – 11am (and from 7am on the 3rd Sunday of the month). All plants are Western Australian natives and can be matched to the different soil types and conditions found in the Peel Region. The Shed is run by volunteers and they are available on site to discuss your planting needs with you.
MOTT sell plants either by pre-order or buying from existing stock. Our customers include the home gardener, farmers, large and small organisations, and local Councils. Large Orders should be placed around October for planting in the following year. We also sell plants at some festivals and markets (e.g. the Pinjarra Festival), and these are advertised on our Facebook site and Wave Radio events calendar.
You can contact the nursery through our Facebook site or the email address below.
NB: The Shed cleans and reuses tube stock pots, so please bring them along when you visit The Shed.
Million Trees Program
MOTT run a volunteer schools-based program known as the Million Trees Program (MTP), which assists local school children to grow and plant native plants. Schools incorporate this program into their curriculum and it’s not only a learning tool, it serves to stimulate interest in the environment. The students care for the young seedlings at school and plant them out when the plants are big enough. If you’d like to get your school involved, or would like to volunteer in this program, please send an email to the address below.
Community Planting Projects
MOTT undertake an annual local community-based tree planting project. An area is identified and native plants are propagated which are suitable for the site. This work is usually undertaken in conjunction with the local shire and the planting is done by volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, please contact us through our Facebook site or the email address below.
MOTT are a sociable and friendly organisation that welcomes people with all levels of experience and ability. Here’s an idea of what MOTT volunteers can get involved in throughout the year:
Spring – sow seed and take cuttings. These activities take place at The Shed
Summer – freshly sown pots are taken to some members’ homes and kept on specially designed, irrigated growing tables. Members care for the plants, keeping them fed and watered.
Late Summer/Autumn – some potting on of developing seedlings is done at The Shed and in schools.
Autumn/Winter – the seedlings are brought to The Shed. The plants need regular monitoring to check on watering and feeding. Some plants are sold from The Shed, while some go to schools through the Million Trees Program, while others are planted out in the community by volunteers.
Keeping in touch
Notifications of upcoming activities and events are posted on our Facebook site and Wave Radio events calendar. You could also join our emailing list and receive notification of events and activities and updates on environmentally oriented activities in the region.
- Secretary (Chris Lampard): firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s in a name?
Men of the Trees is a world-wide volunteer environmental movement that started in 1923 in Kenya. A British assistant conservator of forests recently transferred to Kenya was shocked by the cutting down of trees by the various local tribes. They were not replacing them. He showed them how to gather seeds, propagate and plant trees to replace those cut down. Watu Wa Miti or Men of the Trees was born. The Men in Men of the Trees is used in its original non-gender specific meaning to encompass men, women and children. Its historical context is valued as are the men, women and children who continue to work in the spirit of conservation and volunteering world-wide. Over the years name changes have been introduced. However, our branch voted to retain the historical name in honour of the founder, Richard St. Barbe Baker and the villagers who worked with him in the original spirit of conservation.