The Mrs York’s Garden Project
The team from Stroud Homes Port Macquarie is not only dedicated to building high-quality homes but is also conscious of the environment and takes pride in giving back to the local community.
For the second consecutive year, the team will be actively involved in a partnership with Friends of Mrs York’s Garden, planting at least 15 trees for every house built.
Mrs York’s Garden is a local community project run by volunteers who spend time planting trees, shrubs and bringing the garden back to life.
The botanical garden has a long history in Port Macquarie, in fact, it was the first tourist attraction in town.
“It’s located along an area of coastline and is a place of natural beauty and unparalleled serenity right in the middle of town,” says Stroud Homes Port Macquarie builder Joel Freeman.
In the 1930s, local Mrs York developed the area into a really nice garden with water features and walking tracks.
Since then, the garden has gone to rack and ruin and the granddaughter of Mrs York, who is now in charge of the project, is working to restore it back to its original grandeur.
This year the Port Macquarie team aims to plant approximately 300 or 400 trees altogether. This is part of Stroud Homes’ commitment to planting 15 trees for every house that has been built that year.
The trees will be put into ground over a number of days, or stages, with the team planting around 150-200 trees on each day.
Last year the group planted a similar number of trees, and once again, it was with Mrs York’s Garden project over a number of days.
According to Joel, it’s important for the company to support the initiative for a number of reasons, and he views it as a really great opportunity to give back to the community.
“I think in today’s day and age it’s really important to be conscious of the environment, and the fact that we’re in the construction industry, we are aiming to be as green as we possible can.”
“And a really cool way of doing that is to make sure we’re planting lots of trees.”
It’s a Stroud Homes policy, as part of the ForestLink Reforestation Initiative, to plant 15 trees for each house that is constructed.
“This year we will far exceed that by planting about 400 trees which puts us well above our target of 15 trees for every house,” adds Joel.
If you are interested in building a home in the Port Macquarie area and would like to work with a builder who supports the local community, please give the team a call on 02 6516 2233.