No – this is not a joke. Landcare have chosen Valentines Day to launch Landcare for Singles, where you can go and plant trees and meet other spunky single folk at the same time.
Well I thought I’d seen it all. Speed Dating, Online Dating, Blind Dates, attempted set ups in every manner possible. But no – there’s more. Now that the real drought is over, it seems that Landcare, a government founded non-profit supporting environmental programs, have turned their attention to helping out those stuck in the Man Drought (or what seems to be a Woman Drought for others – I think it just depends on which side of the fence you are sitting as far as I can tell).
“Landcare for Singles events provide the perfect opportunity for environmentally conscious people on the look-out for that special someone to try a new and unique form of speed dating, or in this case – speed planting.”
The first events were run in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges last year – and were evidently a huge success. It seems that spreading one’s seed (sorry I couldn’t resist) is as popular as ever.
Landcare are so excited about it that they have put together an impressively detailed project kit so that you can go and run your own Landcare for Singles event. The idea is that these events may be used to start a new planting group, or to re-invigorate an existing group with new recruits. There is also a whole bunch of resources including questionnaires, love letters, and badges denoting your status like ‘I'm Single’ or ‘Interested in Boys’ – cute I guess.
I tried to organise a singles party for my birthday once. The idea was if you were single you could come along, and if you weren't you had to bring someone single. Unfortunately, as all the people I invited were my friends, they kindly all brought single men. Great for me – not so much fun for all the single guys who had been promised single girls aplenty.
As much as there is a part of me that finds Landcare for Singles – well hilarious, I can’t help but smile on the inside. It’s such an innocent and hopeful idea, and hey – what’s wrong with a little fun and hope?