A new gardening program is helping environmentally sustainable love bloom.

Landcare for Singles is a new speed dating initiative for green thumbs, hosted by the Brisbane Catchments Network.

The idea is similar to speed dating, but instead of sitting down with your date at a table, you plant trees with them – in other words, its speed planting.

Coastal Catchments Eastern Area Manager at SEQ Catchments and secretary of the Brisbane Catchments Network, Apaine Wood says the idea originally came from Landcare Victoria who were interested in finding new ways of getting people involved in Landcare.

“We adopted the idea in Brisbane, hosted by the Brisbane Catchments Network as part of the What’s your Nature initiative funded by the Australian Government, as a creative way of connecting the Brisbane community to their urban waterways,” she says.

“The concept is the same as speed dating – in this case you are paired up with someone to plant a tree and then you rotate around so you meet a whole bunch of different people.”

Apaine says speed planting has already proven to be a huge success in Brisbane.

“We’ve had two events over the last couple of years and so far we’ve had a great turnout, with over 60 people at both events so it does get a good crowd,” she says.

“We’ve also been able to attract a much younger crowd at these events than what is traditionally associated with Landcare.”

“At our recent event we partnered with the University of Queensland Geography and Environmental Management Society, who had about 30 of their student members attend, which was a young 20’s crowd.”

If you are looking for love, why not try speed planting and get down and dirty with a stranger? You never know, you could meet the partner of your dreams.

“People can be a little bit nervous at the start but once you get started, everyone is really relaxed and you just end up chatting to people,” Apaine says.

“It is a good opportunity to make some new friends or meet people who have similar interests to you, get outdoors and have fun planting a tree at the same time.”

“Even if you don’t meet the love of your life, you’ll be sure to walk away with some new friendships!”

Landcare for Singles haven’t planned their next speed planting event yet, but the team hope to host the next one soon. For upcoming speed planting events, keep your eyes on the What’s your Nature website at www.seqcatchments.com.au/whats-your-nature

What do you think? Would you participate in speed planting?