Island Bush Care
a plant a day
Local trees for global change
The Island Bush Care program provides an opportunity for you to have direct impact in revegetating Phillip Island. In partnership with Phillip Island Landcare Group, indigenous trees will be purchased and planted on selected land. As an Island Bush Carer, the contribution you make goes towards purchase of trees and reduces your impact on the environment.
Island Bush Carers
a plant a day program
Luxe Isle Clothing Store - 2021
Carla Cumming's 40th birthday - 2022
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Deb Leonard federal campaign - 2022
Island Bush Carer Kelly (front middle) from Luxe Isle clothing store and volunteers at a 2021 planting at Heather (far right) Davidson's farm.
As an Island Carer there are three ways you can make a difference. Your contribution could be 'a tree a day', 'a tree a week', or another option of your choice. For example, as a business, your choice may be a portion of every item or service provided by your business.
Each plant is costed at $3, this includes an indigenous plant from Barb-Martin Bushbank, a rabbit guard and two stakes.
In August 2021, our first Island Bush Carer, Kelly Solohub, took the pledge and committed to 'a tree a day' for one year.
Frequently asked questions and the terms and conditions of the program are below.
Images from Kelly Solohub's 'a tree a day' planting event
Sharing the good news
Your contribution will be recognized by Phillip Island Landcare Group and the wider community through a number of initiatives:
To get involved sign up below:
As an Island Bush Carer, whichever package you choose, the form below must be completed. Furthermore, if you choose either the 'a plant a day' or 'a plant a week' package, payment will be part of the signup process and you will receive a confirmation of payment and letter.
Common questions and terms and conditions are below. Should you have any further queries please contact Bhavani Rooks on 057 148 921.
1. Is this a carbon offset program?
No, you are contributing to carbon drawdown. This program cannot be used as an emissions offset. To learn more about defining, calculating, and reducing your emissions, please refer to the Federal Government Standard Homepage | Climate Active. Certified credit types for carbon neutral claims are outlined in this standard
2- Where will my trees be planted?
We have many rural landholder members who are keen to revegetate and create wildlife corridors on their property. We also plant on public land however we need permission first from the landholder/manager.
3- Can I claim a tax deduction?
We can supply a tax invoice with GST.
4 - When will my trees be planted?
To give plants the best opportunity of survival we plant from May through to August, avoiding the need to water and allowing them to become established during the winter months.
5- When can I sign up?
You can sign up any time of the year. We place a plant order at the Barb-Martin Bushbank each November. If you register after this date it's likely your planting will happen in the coming winter. However, your planting may be pushed back to the following winter should plant stock be unavailable.
6 - How do I make a payment?
Payment can be made via credit card or Paypal through the signup process. Alternatively, through the signup process you can choose the manual payment option and make an EFT payment with the details below:
BSB: 633 000
Account Number: 144 585 106
7. Is this a Government endorsed carbon credits program?
No, this is a voluntary program. If you wish to participate in a government-endorsed program consider using an Australian company such as Green Fleet or Carbon Neutral.
If you feel a connection to the local landscape stick with us, get your hands dirty and get plants in the ground on Phillip Island.
8- Who can become an Island Bush Carer?
Any individual, community group, or business from Phillip Island or San Remo.
Island Bush Care Program
Terms and Conditions
The Island Bush Care program administered by Phillip Island Landcare Group and Totally Renewable Phillip Island (herein called 'the partners') delivers revegetation activities, including site selection and preparation, planting and monitoring.
Whilst every effort will be made by the partners to establish, nurture and monitor our native revegetation projects that are established to reduce your carbon emissions, we are unable to guarantee the permanency of such plantings.
Acts outside of the control of the partners, including natural disasters, sovereign risk, force majeure or property ownership changes may impact some areas of plantations.
The partners voluntary emissions reduction scheme is not accredited by a governing body in Australia or internationally.
Limitation of Liability:
The partners are not responsible and cannot be held liable if:
Your reforestation plot is destroyed or does not survive after planting, including but not limited to causes such as natural thinning of planted trees and natural events (drought/fire/pests etc).
Your trees do not sequester the expected volume of carbon as per your initial calculation with the partners. The partners will take reasonable steps to manage projects and provide reasonable estimates of the amount of CO2 equivalent carbon that the trees we plant will sequester on average, but is not liable if this level of sequestration is not achieved.
The partners do not measure the actual level of carbon sequestration by the trees planted in a project, other than monitoring a project for ongoing maintenance and reporting purposes.
Any claims of carbon neutrality are made solely by the participant organisation in the scheme and are not endorsed by the Partners.
The partners voluntary emissions reduction scheme in which you are participating is not externally certified against an Australian or international standard.