Celebrating Mums all over Australia
Trees for Mum, NSW
2012 marked the 10th anniversary of Trees for Mum and also sees the initiative partnering with Landcare Australia to encourage the broader Landcare community to get involved with the program.
Trees for Mum is a series of Mother’s Day memorial tree-planting events, originally created for members of the community whose mothers had passed away. The events have since evolved into celebratory tree planting events for all mothers and take place annually on the second Sunday in May – Mother’s Day in Australia.
The program was created by Lauren Adlam and Deena Raphael in May 2002, two friends who had both lost mothers to cancer and were interested in doing something positive for other people who do not have mothers. Mother’s Day was chosen as the ideal time to pay tribute to mums who have passed away, as well as mums living. Planting a tree is a symbolic and reflective gesture which allows us to honour and remember our mothers while also doing something positive for the environment.
The first Trees for Mum event began with the support of Manly Council in Sydney in 2002, and attracted over 150 people to Manly Lagoon Park to plant commemorative trees. Since then, Trees for Mum has seen participation from a growing number of councils and environmental groups across Australia, with more than 20,000 having participated in an event to date.
Groups interested in getting involved next year can download a project kit outlining how to run an event, and promotional materials from the resources section of www.landcareonline.com.au.
Trees for Mum has been more far reaching than Lauren and Deena could have ever predicted when they planned the inaugural, potentially one-off event, and has grown over the last decade to become a national celebration of all mothers.