Clive and Penny Blazey, founders of the Diggers Club, gifted ownership of their highly successful garden company along with family-owned properties Heronswood and St Erth to the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust in 2011.
“We established the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust to ensure that the work we’ve done over more than 30 years in preserving historic gardens and houses as well as the best garden traditions through education will continue forever,” said Clive.
The conservation, protection or enhancement of botanical and ecological habitats.
The conservation, protection and enhancement of gardens both historical, botanical and exhibition, and historical buildings and artifacts and natural, historic and cultural heritage.
The protection and enhancement of the natural and horticultural environment including heirloom seeds and other flora and fauna.
The use of horticulture for health and dietry wellbeing.
Research and education to meet the goals above.
Public support ensured that Diggers succeeded and grew into Australia's largest gardening club, and the Blazey family was determined to make the transformation from a private, family owned business into a charitable trust, somewhat like the National Trust but firmly anchored in gardening, education and heritage buildings.
"We wanted to ensure that the things we have championed such as supporting heirloom seeds, sustainable gardening methods and a strong stance against GM and hybridised plants and seeds would continue," Clive reflects. "We also wanted to make certain that our two Certified Organic gardens of approximately 2 hectares each would remain intact and always be open to the public. The only way to achieve this was to bequeath the properties and garden business to the Trust."