Our achievements

Since 1981, Trees For Life has been acknowledged by national, state and community organisations for our contributions to the environment.

We are recognised for our unique programs, community engagement and tireless commitment to sound scientific data. Our supporters and staff gather scientific data from all our programs, including volunteer hours, seedlings grown, seed collected, and conservation contributions and outcomes.

Trees For Life environmental awards

National awards

Finalist: 2013 United Nations World Environment Day Awards
TFL’s Bush For Life program was shortlisted as the only South Australian finalist in the 2013 United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) World Environment Day Awards for the Virgin Australia Community Award.

Winner: 2011 WWF Earth Hour Award
Trees For Life Founders Burr Dodd and Lolo Houbein were the winners in the Lifetime Achievement category at the inaugural WWF Earth Hour Awards. They were selected for their work in establishing Trees For Life and creating the Tree Scheme program.

Winner: 2009 SBS Foundation Award
Trees For Life was the only South Australian recipient amongst 23 nationwide to be recognised by the SBS Foundation. TFL’s award-winning promotional video was given widespread coverage throughout the year. Over 500 charitable organisations across Australia applied to the Foundation for up to $100,000 each of viewing time on SBS Television.

Finalist: 2008 Banksia Foundation Environmental Award
Trees For Life was the only South Australian finalist in the prestigious 2008 Banksia Awards. TFL was a runner-up in the Community Award category, with its nomination for Leadership, Commitment and Excellence in Protecting and Enhancing the Australian Environment.

Finalist: 2008 UNAA World Environment Day Award
Trees For Life was the only South Australian representative and finalist in the Community Award category titled ‘Leadership, Commitment and Excellence in Protecting and Enhancing Our Environment’.

Winner: 2006 Banksia Foundation Environmental Award
Trees For Life volunteers received this highly prestigious award in recognition by industry leaders and peers of the work our volunteers do each year to help revegetate South Australia. The Tree Scheme was the winner of the Community Based Environmental Initiative category.

Winner: 2005 UNAA World Environment Day Award
The Tree Scheme program won the World Environment Day Award for Best Community Based Environment, Project or Initiative.

Winner: 2005 Banksia Environmental Award
Our bushland conservation program Bush For Life won the award for Environmental Leadership in Protecting Bush, Land & Waterways.

Finalist: 2005 Banksia Environmental Award
Bush For Life Coordinator Andrew Allanson was a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year in recognition of his work in establishing this ground-breaking program.


State awards

Finalist: 2022 South Australia Environment Awards
The iconic Tree Scheme was a finalist in the Working Together Awards

Finalist: 2022 South Australia Landcare Awards
Finalist in Coast Care division of State Landcare Awards

2017 South Australia Landcare Awards
The Paddock Tree Project was awarded second place in the Partnerships category

2007 South Australia Landcare Awards
Bush For Life was awarded second place in the Nature Conservation category

2006 Pride of Australia Medal
The Environmental Award was presented to volunteers Barbara and Geoff Moss for their tireless work maintaining and conserving native bushland for Bush For Life.

2005 Pride of Australia Medal Environmental Award

2005 Landcare Award finalist

2004 SA Great Regional Award Commendation


Community awards

2021 SA Environment Awards
Ian and Lynne Norman were finalists in Unsung Hero category in recognition of their extensive involvement in growing seedlings, assisting in the seed bank and bush care volunteering.

2010 City of Onkaparinga’s Individual Environmental Activities Award
Awarded to long-term TFL member Paul Rosser. Paul has grown 75,000 trees for his own Fleurieu properties and a further 6,000 as a volunteer grower for Trees For Life. He has been a member of Trees For Life since 1987, and has volunteered as a Board member, bushcarer, depot manager and seed collector. He has also been a long-term member of Trees For Life’s Willunga Branch, the Willunga Creeks Projects Incorporated, Willunga Environment Centre, Willunga Hills Face Landcare Group and Washpool Restoration Steering Committee.

2006 City Of Onkaparinga World Environment Day Awards
Presented to Trees For Life volunteers for their individual commitment to the environment council area: Lisa Boys, John Nicholls, John Edmeades.

2005 Tea Tree Gully Council Citizen of the Year Award
Presented to David Mitchell, President Trees For Life

2005 City Of Onkaparinga Citizen of the Year Award
Presented to Norm Lee, volunteer, Bush For Life

2005 Mitcham Council Environmental Achievement Award
Presented to John Garnaut, volunteer, Bush For Life