The Peel Branch of The Men Of The Trees ( Peel MOTT ) was established in Mandurah in 1994 as a regional centre to service the areas of Dwellingup, Jarrahdale, Pinjarra, Boddington , Serpentine, Mundijong and Waroona, which make up the Peel Region. For additional detail and maps on the region visit http://www.peel.wa.gov.au/
The Peel MOTT operation differs from St. Barbe Grove and Rockingham branches in that it does not have a centralised nursery. It operates from a ‘function centre’ which was established in 2003 at the Aboriginal Corporation Centre on corner Pinjarra and Wanjeep roads. Although the potting and seeding is carried out at this centre the branch elects to outsource propagation benches and pots to individual members to nurture in their own home nurseries until such time as the seedlings are ready for planting. Peel MOTT then provides the mature seedlings on a supply only basis to surrounding land owners, local government bodies and others at a moderate cost.
Another important activity of this organisation is to liaise with local schools regarding tree growing and planting activities and in particular to encourage their participation in the Million Trees Project.
Seedling Orders Should Be Placed Early
Early consideration should be given to the number and species of seedlings that you will require for planting in any given year. Keep in mind that seedlings need to be planted in the ground with the first good rains in the month of June. This means that the seedlings that you require need to be potted up between October and December of the year prior to this in order to ensure healthy plants with a good survival rate. This in turn places urgency in acquiring the required seed in order to meet this time frame.
Forward ordering ensures that you not only get strong healthy plants in the required species and numbers, but it also avoids the frustration of last minute selections from a reduced range and quality.
Below you will find a link to the Peel MOTT Catalogue of species that we can grow for plantings in the Peel Region. These and other species can be grown from your own seed by special arrangement if this is preferred. The seedlings can be ordered on a ‘buy only’ or ‘buy and plant’ basis by arrangement.
Men of the Trees, Peel Branch, has a proud history of providing native seedlings to diverse groups such as the Mandurah City Council, Land Care Groups as well as private individuals. We are also proud of our active participation with local schools in educating the younger generation in the value of native trees and shrubs.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Coordinator (contact details shown above ) in regard to any aspects of your tree planting program.
To order plants from the Peel Branch, click here.
Peel MOTT’s meetings are held at 4.30 pm on the first Thursday of each month at the City of Mandurah – Tuckey Room.
The meetings are friendly and informal and usually revolve around the routine “how, why, where and when” problems associated with our growing and planting activities which are explained in a little more detail further on in the web site.
New Members Are Welcome
As a voluntary organisation we are always looking for new members – male and female, so don’t be put off by the title “MEN Of The Trees” because females would make up at least 50% of our membership. The name “Men Of The Trees” has been retained intact not only because of its worldwide recognition but also for the historical significance that is associated with its origins. Please visit our history link for the interesting story on how Richard St. Barbe Baker, O.B.E., originated the MOTT movement in 1924.
Our appeal for new members is really quite simple:
If you have
- a love of trees and shrubs;
- a feel for the environment; and
- a little spare time.
- enjoy working with our small group of volunteer workers; and
- find it stimulating with a social element that most people find quite rewarding.
How We Operate
Our activities are basically orchestrated by Coordinators who translate the seedlings that are received into potting, nurturing and planting sessions which can be briefly described as follows:
- Cuttings Collection – small groups of members are organised to collect cuttings in early summer from nearby localities. This usually takes from 2 – 3 hours per session.
- Potting sessions – potting the seed is usually a half day activity which is carried out at the Peel MOTT Winjan centre about five or six times over the early summer months. It’s a fairly labour intensive process so the bigger the attendance the faster and easier the activity.
- Propagation – the trays of seeded pots are distributed to members who are willing to nurture them in their own home nurseries or gardens for a period of about six months until planting time in June through to about August. The number of pots involved in these home nurseries varies but it is usually about 500-800 seedlings. Shade cloth is needed for the first few months then after that at least 4 hours sunshine each day.
- Community plantings – planting activities are dictated by customer requirements and can take place in local Mandurah environments (usually road or Water Supply reserves) right through to outlying farms in the Peel Region. They are arranged as both weekend and weekday activities in order to fully utilise the available free time of our members. They are occasionally full day sessions but mostly 1/2 day and have a congenial social atmosphere. Transport arrangements are usually made to rationalise the use of vehicles.
Peel MOTT’s Million Trees Program provides direction and guidance to local schools in introducing and running ‘hands on’ participation in the growing and nurturing of native species in their school shade houses.
Where they plant is chosen by the classes taking part and is usually linked to their school curriculum. That can range from sand dunes, local wetlands, bush areas, school grounds or our latest venture of Bush Tucker Gardens. The important factor is that children develop an awareness and sense of environmental responsibility that hopefully will carry through to their adult life.
The role of material assistance provided by Men of the Trees is to supply a table and reticulation for the school shade house; the appropriate seedlings for their project and the supply of pots and racks together with volunteers to work with the children showing them how to fill pots with soil, prick out seedlings and how to maintain them. Our volunteers monitor the schools monthly followed by assistance at planting time.
If you are interested in joining this program or need further information, please consult the contact list on this web page.