At Eden Trees Arboriculture Services in Logan West, taking care of trees extends far beyond servicing their local region.
By supporting Eden Reforestation Projects, Eden Trees Arboriculture Services owners Phil and Heidi Hackett are making a positive impact on people in poverty-stricken countries across the globe.
Since 2005, Eden Reforestation Projects have saved lives and empowered communities in third-world countries by facilitating the reconstruction of forests in villages.
“With poverty, people get desperate,” Mr Hackett said.
“For fields, or for fires – or for any monetary value they can get – they’ll just cut down their forests.”
Once the forests are all gone, families are often forced to migrate to cities, where many enter themselves and their children into slavery or prostitution to survive.
Eden Reforestation Projects have planted more than 650 million trees across Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Honduras with the aim of restoring forests to sustain villages.
“The goal is to help the locals learn to grow trees, and then manage nurseries, and then plant those trees back into the land,” Mr Hackett said.
The initiative has created more than six million workdays for people in third world countries.
Eden Trees Arboriculture Services is one of the many organisations worldwide who have made the project possible by donating a portion of their monthly profit.
Since they joined the reforestation project in September 2020, Eden Trees has provided funds for 8’334 trees and 82 workdays for people living in Indonesia and Kenya.
The company also supports Compassion International, a local church, and Operation Smile for children born with cleft palates.
Phil and Heidi Hackett both came from a background in agriculture prior to launching Eden Trees.
Heidi’s father owned an arboriculture business, while Phil’s father was a gardener and horticulturist.
For Phil, arboriculture was not just about trimming, pruning, and removing trees.
Eden Trees focuses on educating and communicating with customers to identify the best solutions for them.
“We aim to have that consultative approach with the customer at the beginning, so we’re really trying to find out what the real issue is,” he said.
“Some people have a fear that the tree is going to fall on the house, or the roots will get under the slab.”
Their employees are trained to apply their knowledge of different species to help customers make informed decisions about their trees, rather than simply removing them.
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