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The park commemorates Derek Sutcliffe who was the first President of the Mount Pleasant Area Trees for Life Group.

Trees For Life began in 1981, when Lolo Houbein and Burr Dodd gathered some friends to coordinate a visit to South Australia by Richard St. Barbe Baker, founder of the international environmental organisation Men of the Trees. Such was the interest in his message, the hall used for his address on 9 September 1981 was bursting at the seams. The SA branch of Men of the Trees was formed just weeks later on 30 September, with over 200 people attending.

Two years later, the group changed its name to Trees For Life. 

The impetus for establishing Trees For Life was the evidence and obvious consequence of extensive clearing of the South Australian bush. Soil in South Australia was virtually being blown or washed away because there was very little vegetation left to hold it. Trees For Life came up with a simple response: volunteers would grow native plants to give to farmers willing to plant them.

The first tree was planted on One Tree Hill in 1982, but over 30 million trees, shrubs and grasses followed, forming wind breaks, providing erosion control, creating new forests and buffers for the few remaining stands of original vegetation. Since then the work has extended into bushcare to protect and conserve valuable remnant vegetation and broadacre revegetation, to help re-establish habitat and to act as long term carbon sinks.



Address:Jutland Road, Derek Sutcliffe Memorial Reserve, Jutland, 5235
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.709314
Long: 139.167512
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

Plaque :

The Mount Pleasant Area Trees for Life Group dedicates this site to the memory of the first President 1990

Derek Sutcliffe.

"He that planteth a tree is the servant of God
He provideth a kindness for many generations and trees that he hath not seen will bless him"

Richard St. Barb Baker Founder FFL


Source: MA
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