WANTING TO GET INVOLVED?
Here are some recommendations before you get started...
What type of paint?
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 other mediums can i use?
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.
What type of tree?
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.
We are very cautious of the natural habitat and wildlife and therefore recommend painting to a height that allows the higher branches to be absent of paint.
We also advise against painting living trees.
Can't Paint a tree?
If our project has touched you but you would rather not paint a tree, you can always donate to the worthy organisations that with help mental health and suicide prevention.
Safety when 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.
We advise painting trees only on private property. However, you can always ask permission of a land owner if you wish to paint a tree on their property.
If the tree is on council/ shire property you will need to consult them to ask for a permit or written consent before painting.