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A Tree a Minute: planting 1440 trees in a day

Beau Miles Beau Miles

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As there are 1440 minutes in a day, and I love planting trees, I decided to plant a tree a minute for 24 hours. It was (swear meaningfully) hard.

For my 40th birthday, my best mates gave me a self-flown joy flight in a light plane. When given the controls I headed for home. What was at first a wonderful sense of flying became a bizarre reality check, seeing so much green turning to brown in the summer heat. Most creek lines were bare, and the general lack of bushland within the giant quilt of farmland was shocking. You don’t see this contrast from the ground, always seeing a tree in the foreground, or a hedgerow in the middle distance. A single big gumtree can give the impression of health, yet the area I live in is a mostly deforested farmed zone exploited for its impressive topsoil. Having tapped into the potential of a 24 hour period of life, and since I love planting trees, I decided to plant a tree a minute on a friend's dairy farm by reforesting a creekline. Low and behold, planting that many mixed trees on muddy terrain, slipping on my arse every other minute, is one of the hardest, most rewarding single days of my life.


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