How can I get involved in the project?
There are a few different ways you can get involved. Visit our 'GET INVOLVED' page to see how you can help us spread our message and cause.
I am struggling. What can I do?
First let’s take a big breath together…breathe
Secondly, we are so proud that you have got to this point and want to help you find the best support for you.
We have collected a range of the best services available. Take a look to see what might work best for you and just remember.. ‘we are stronger than we believe, braver than we think, and more loved than we know’. Support Page
I want to host a fundraiser event, where do I start?
We have put together a fundraising kit to help you with ideas and information. Download here.
We have raised some money and would like to donate to Blue Tree Project.
We really appreciate all the time and efforts taken to help us spread our message and kick the stigma. There are two ways you can donate to our cause:
- Go-Fund me page
- Direct bank transfer (details below)
Name: Blue Tree Project
Thank you for your support - we really do appreciate it!
Where does my money go?
You can donate to our cause which will help go towards organised community painting days and events, as well as the development of a school program to help educate our kids. Learning how to look after ourselves and each other equips us with the tools to cope with the challenges life throws our way. This helps us stay mentally healthy when working through these tough times. Your donations will help us dream bigger and better and have a bigger impact on making our communities feel safer to speak up when struggling.
Paint a Tree
Do I need permission to paint a tree?
You do not require permission from us to paint a tree blue. However, if the dead tree is on council or shire property you will need to request permission for a permit or written consent before painting. Use this letter to contact your local council.
If the tree is on private land (that is not yours) you will need permission from the land owner before painting.
Please do not paint dead trees in national or protected reserve parks.
What type of tree can I paint?
We are very cautious of the natural habitat and wildlife and therefore strongly advise against painting living trees.
We have chosen to paint dead trees in alignment with the story behind the original blue tree, and not as a symbol of those lost.
What type of paint should I use?
With our natural habitat and wildlife in mind we recommend you use non toxic paints.
There are a range of products online and in-store. Please consult your local hardware store for up to date recommendations and the best advice.
What colour paint?
If you are wanting to use the same colour as the original blue tree then our ‘BLUE TREE’ Wattyl colour will make it easy. The original blue colour’s old name is ‘Billie Jean’ (Wattyl Colour).
How much paint will I need?
So you’ve found a tree you want to paint and thinking how much paint will I need?
If you don’t use all the paint you can always ‘pay it forward’ so someone else can help spread our message.
- Small branches for a vase = tester pot
- Branch cutting put into ground = small tin (1L)
- Small tree = small tin (1L)
- Medium tree = 5L
- Medium – Large Tree = 5-10L
- Large Tree = 10L
- Giant Tree = 10-20L
What if I can't paint a tree?
There are many ways you can get involved without painting a dead tree. Some of our community have found very creative ways to champion the message of Blue Tree Project. People have yarn bombed, wrapped trees in blue fabric, constructed a steal sculpture, painted branches and planted them in pots and some have even painted murals. Head to our social pages for more inspiration!
If our project has touched you but you would rather not paint a tree, you can always donate to helps us spread our message and cause. You could also champion our message through our merchandise.
How do I stay safe whilst painting?
Please ensure all safety measures and precautions are taken when painting.
We recommend only painting trees from ground level to reduce any risk of injury. If you use a ladder- please have one person for stabilisation and supervision of safety (spotter). We recommend using a paint roller stick extension to reach higher trees whilst feet remain on ground level.
If you plan on painting a large tree (above ground level) please consult a professional to ensure all equipment and machinery involved is being used correctly.
We advise against painting trees close to roads or on roadsides.
We believe very strongly in safe practices and do not urge individuals to paint trees if unsafe in any way.
What if I don't have a tree to paint?
If you don't have a suitable tree and still want to be involved, you can get creative...
Spray paint some old branches and place them in a vase/pot. Paint a cushion to use as a 'talking tree'. Weld a metal sculpture and paint it or maybe frame a photo of someone else's blue tree.
The options are endless and we appreciate any way you choose to become involved with our project.
I have found a tree but it is still alive...
Please do not paint live trees!
We love our environment and strongly advise against this. Only dead trees are to be painted as part of our project. Please note our request for only dead trees to be painted is not a symbol of those who have been lost, but in line with the original story. You can read the story behind the original blue tree here.