100 trees for 100 years – Glenorchy City Council and Cadbury collaborate in tree planting

Glenorchy City Council and Cadbury collaborated in a tree planting effort to mark 100 years of Cadbury in Claremont on 22 July 2022.

Representatives from Cadbury, Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas, Council staff and volunteers planted 100 native trees in celebration of Cadbury’s century milestone of operating their Claremont facility.

Mayor Thomas said that the event was sparked after a local resident suggested the activity during Cadbury’s birthday celebrations earlier this year.

“Once we heard about the idea, Council was very happy to be able to provide the trees and help out on the day,” she said.

“11 species of native plants found in the coastal wetland habitat were planted, which will provide food, shelter and nesting locations for local wildlife.

“The planting was undertaken in sustainable recycled cardboard guards to reduce plastic usage and potential to pollute the Derwent Estuary and local habitats.”

The planting also aligned with National Tree Day on 31 July.

Claremont is the largest Cadbury factory in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.  Over 200 million chocolate blocks are produced annually – that’s 60,000 tonnes of chocolate.

Along with the Electrolytic Zinc Company and Titan Nail and Wire Company, Cadbury was a key cornerstone in Glenorchy’s reputation as an industrial hub in the first decades of the 20th century.

“Over the course of the past 100 years the company has well and truly established itself as part of the fabric of the Glenorchy community as an employer, supporter and sponsor of local groups, charities and events,” Mayor Thomas said.

A plaque to acknowledge Cadbury’s 100 years of operation will be placed with the trees in the coming weeks.

Image description: Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas with Glenorchy Council’s Environment Officer Michael Hitchcock