Fonterra proudly supported the Girgarre Stanhope Land Protection Group with a donation of native tree seedlings and essential equipment for the Girgarre-Stanhope Rail Trail – a new pathway that connects the two townships.
Fonterra’s Stanhope team took a break from making cheese and joined forces with members of the local community to plant 100 trees along the Rail Trail.
Bernadette Fitzpatrick, Secretary of Girgarre Stanhope Land Protection Group, said the work completed by Fonterra’s Stanhope team and community volunteers was the final bit of planting required to complete the project.
“This project has been a partnership between the two townships and the trees planted will in time, ensure significant shelter for walkers for many years to come.
“All works have been undertaken by volunteers including the ongoing maintenance, so we’re incredibly grateful for the donation from Fonterra and the support from its team at Stanhope to get the job done,” Bernadette said.
Tammy Robichaud recently joined Fonterra’s Stanhope team as the new site manager. She said it was a great opportunity for her to meet members of the local community and hear all about the connection people have to the district and the Fonterra Stanhope site.
“Given I’m new to the role, it was my first time connecting with the community. It was a fantastic day, and the team enjoyed rolling their sleeves up and helping out.
“Initiatives like this really resonate with Fonterra because it crosses two areas that are a focus for our business – caring for the environment and supporting our local communities.
“The trees that were planted will not only have benefits in reducing CO2 emissions, providing much needed shade and improving biodiversity along the trail, it’s also an investment into the future of the region, because it creates an experience that locals and visitors can enjoy,” Tammy said.
Fonterra looks to partner with organisations or initiatives to:
· put quality nutrition in the hands of those who need it
· protect and regenerate the environment
· provide the care and support that keeps our communities strong.
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