Friday the 21st of June for many was just another day in the office. However, for 14 Europcar staff it was an opportunity to get their hands dirty all for the great cause of protecting the environment.
In conjunction with Greenfleet, Europcar’s environmental partner who reduce the carbon emissions produced by Europcar rental vehicles by planting Australian native trees across the country, Europcar participated in its annual staff tree planting day.
The site for 2013 was the naturally beautiful Devilbend Reservoir Park on the Mornington Peninsula (approx. 70kms south east of Melbourne). Mother nature had turned on her finest, with the sun shinning and not a breath of wind to speak of. The Greenfleet crew had prepared the planting site ahead of the Europcar arrival, so once we were briefed on how to use the special tree planting tool, the pottiputki, we were right to go.
Tasked with planting 1,000 native trees, we eagerly began planting. In pairs of two, the seven teams worked up a sweat under the glorious sunshine and much to our amazement we had planted 800 trees by lunchtime.
After enjoying a BBQ lunch and being entertained by the local noisy miner birds, we completed the planting before taking a guided tour of the Devilbend Reservior. Thanks to our Parks Victoria guide, we learnt plenty about the local fauna and flora and were given an insight into the future plans for the park and what it means to the local community.
For me, the biggest take away from the day was the realisation that we are not just donating to Greenfleet who in turn plant trees. It’s more than that. By planting trees we are providing a natural habitat for local wildlife and preserving the environment for future generations.
I was very proud of the team and our achievements on the day. I am genuinely looking forward to our next tree planting day.
Marketing Partnership Executive
Europcar Australia & New Zealand