Tree planting is popular among Australians in July, not only because the National Tree Planting Day falls in this period, but also because of school holidays, cooler winter weather, and soil conditions. In 2015, SSIO members in the states of Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia planted in all more than 24,000 native tree saplings in environmental service gestures to protect and nourish Mother Nature.On 11th July 2015, SSIO members in Western Australia were invited to plant native trees with the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL), which has worked cooperatively with the SSIO since 2008. Each year, SERCUL invites SSIO members to plant saplings at a different site. At least 50 volunteers from three Sathya Sai Centres planted more than 2,500 trees in three hours, to help restore the catchment and wetlands systems in that area.
On 26th July 2015, 30 SSIO members and others planted approximately 1,500 trees at two locations in the East Victoria Region. It was a cold and rainy winter day but the rain held off until the planting was completed. Immediately thereupon, Mother Nature responded with showers over the saplings, which was interpreted by participants as a sign of divine grace.
On 26th July 2015, as part of Guru Poornima service activities, approximately 100 volunteers from 20 Sathya Sai Centres in the New South Wales Region planted 20,000 trees at four different sites.