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Published July 7th 2013
Do you love freebies? I can rarely resist.
I'm not sure if all councils give away plants but Brisbane and Logan certainly do.
Want to spruce up your garden? It's so easy. Brisbane City Council will give all home owners two free native plants each year. They are to be used in your yards, not on footpaths or parks. Council has it's own plan for those areas.
Brisbane rate payers are entitled to two free native plants each year (Image courtesy of BCC website)
If you need street trees, let them know. A few years ago I asked Council why surrounding street had shady trees and our street had none. With a couple of months our street had been planted with lots of lovely healthy, mature trees (and yes, I did write again to thank them).
Don't delay. You can only collect your plants within the finanical year. All you have to do is take your current rates notice to a Council Library or Ward Office. They give you a voucher, which you take to a participating nursery.
The council site gives you a list of available trees, but I wouldn't bother reading it because I've never found a nursery that stocks them all. You'll most likely get a choice of a dozen or less.
In Brisbane the nurseries are:
* Carseldine Nursery 769 Beams Road, Carseldine
* Edible Landscapes Nursery Northey Street City Farm,16 Victoria Street Windsor
* Nova Gardens 78a Settlement Road, The Gap
* King Avenue Cultivators 40 King Avenue, Willawong
* Cottage Garden Nursery 999 Stanley St East, E. Brisbane
* Hawkins Garden Centre at 1666 Old Cleveland Rd, Chandler
* Ross Evans Garden Centre 2274 Moggill Road, Kenmore
* Just Gardens Homemaker City, 34 Goggs Road, Jindalee
Logan City Council Free Trees
Logan is more generous with their rate payers, allowing them three trees each financial year, however access to them is more limited.
Image courtesy of Logan Council website
Munruben, Marsden and Eagleby have specific days and times when plants may be collected. Take your rates notice to the depot. No voucher required.
Schools and community groups based on Council-owned land can apply for 50 plants per financial year.
They're open for a plant sale on the first Saturday of every month between 9am and 12pm (except for January). However, small numbers of plants are available from IndigiScapes in normal business hours. There are a multitude of other activities at the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre. Check it out.
Ipswich Free Tree
Ipswich City Council is the most generous and provides a Free Plant Program each financial year to assist residents to develop a greener, healthier lifestyle. The species are carefully chosen to suit local climate and soil conditions.
Note: Owner occupiers of newly built homes (under 12 months old) will be entitled to a one-off allocation of 25 plants in addition to their annual allocation. Correct documents must be provided.
See their website for application form and nursery hours.
Queens Park Nursery Goleby Avenue, Ipswich
Wednesday and Thursday - Start time 7.30 am to 12.00 pm and 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm; Saturday - 8.00 am to 12.00 pm
Goodna Nursery Stuart Street, Goodna/ Wednesday - 8.00 am to 12.00 pm
Other Councils Free Trees
Gold Coast Council's free tree giveaway for 2013 ended in May. There is no mention of whether it will continue.
Somerset Council will be assisting schools in the region involved in the Schools Tree Day on Friday 26 July 2013 by distributing free trees to these schools. Their website says to watch the site for distribution days.
Neither Toowoomba nor Sunshine Coast appear to have any free tree programme.
Look up your local council and see what programmes they have. If they don't have a free plant programme, perhaps you could suggest they look into it.