Funded by the L’OCCITANE Ecosystem Restoration Fund, created in early 2020 by the L’OCCITANE Group to support ecosystems that are severely affected by natural disasters, $228,000* was donated to FNPW as part of an initial two-year commitment. These funds will be dedicated to planting seedlings from our Bushfire Recovery Nurseries in affected areas around Australia to rebuild wildlife habitats and other affected public and private lands.
Pierre-Emmanuel Joffre, Managing Director, L’OCCITANE Australia, said: “Having arrived in Australia just six months before the bushfires, I was saddened by the devastation they caused to the landscapes, wildlife, and communities around the country. As a brand that originated from nature and the use of botanical ingredients, it has long been a commitment of ours to respect and support biodiversity. So, we are thrilled to be able to support the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife in its mission of planting one million trees around Australia.”
Ian Darbyshire, CEO, Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife said: “It’s thanks to partners such as L’OCCITANE Australia that we can respond quickly to the healing of our land post bushfires. Planting one million trees from our Bushfire Recovery Nurseries around Australia will be an important step in our regeneration. We appreciate the support of the wider community to help restore and protect the future of Australia.”
Currently, the Hawkesbury Nursery produces around 20 – 30,000 native plants endemic to the Hawkesbury region and supplies these plants to numerous revegetation and restoration projects. Trees grown in the nursery will include Forest Red Gum, Grey gum, Black She-oak, and Mountain Blue gum to support threatened species such as the Koala, Yellow-bellied Glider, and Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Hawkesbury Community Nursery is playing a significant role in our mission to restore our national ecosystem. Tree planting is essential for the regeneration of our future and plays a vital role in restoring natural habitats, native vegetation, and wildlife rehabilitation efforts across Australia.
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