Finalist: Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Bevan is a native plant enthusiast who has spent the last two decades tirelessly working to revegetate the small town of Lowood, north of Ipswich. Initially, Peter began planting native trees to provide a visual buffer for his daughter’s property which ran nearby the Lowood rail trail. As his enthusiasm and knowledge grew, Peter expanded his plantings further along the trail, and prepared the ground, supplied the plants and nurtured and maintained the planted area all at his own cost.
In 2017, his hard work and community spirit motivated a nine-member partnership between government, business, Landcare groups and volunteers to join in and help progress his work. This collaboration led to the founding of the Lowood Beautification Project. While he may be a quiet achiever, Peter’s efforts have been instrumental in the expansion of local koala habitat and ensuring Lowood is a greener place to live.