Margaret River Rotary launches Birth Tree Project

The first tree will celebrate children born in 2014/15 - the current school Year 1 cohort.

The first tree will celebrate children born in 2014/15 - the current school Year 1 cohort.

Rotary Margaret River has launched a new project to celebrate local children, and the importance of family in our community.

The Birth Tree Project promises to plant one tree annually in the public open space on the corner of Tingle Avenue and Hillier Drive in Margaret River.

Participants pay a $30 fee to have their child's name included on a plaque at the base of the tree, with a new tree and plaque erected each year to honour the following year's births. They also receive an endemic native plant in tube stock size to plant at home.

The first tree will celebrate children born in 2014/15 - the current school Year 1 cohort.

Rotary Margaret River's Terry Hutchings said the project presented a unique gift idea for Christmas.

"This is a great Christmas present for parents or grandparents to purchase, it's really something different for the family to mark the births of their kids," he said.

Rotary Margaret River said the initiative would create a dedicated space to reflect on the importance of family.

An unveiling ceremony in March 2022 will honour each participating child with a certificate and their take-home plant.

"Rotary promotes and sponsors this project, because it not only teaches children how to take an interest in gardening and care of plants, but introduces them to nature as they will enjoy watching birds feed off their own tree.

"It also encourages the planting of trees to benefit the environment."

Registrations close on Sunday January 16, 2022.