The NSW Government has launched the latest round of its Free Tree Giveaway, with up to 9,000 trees – from beautiful red waratahs to the hardy Wynyarbbie Gem – up for grabs by Greater Sydney residents.
Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes said it was exciting to keep the momentum of the popular program going, as the Government fast approaches its goal of 1 million trees planted by the end of 2022.
“We started the giveaway almost two years ago and, thanks to the passion of residents across Greater Sydney, we’ve seen more than 45,000 trees planted. The last giveaway alone saw 6,000 trees claimed in just a matter of days,” Mr Roberts said.
“More trees mean more shade, cleaner air, and healthier, happier and more resilient communities, so bolstering our tree numbers is something we can all get behind.
“This latest round focuses on providing native tree options, including fingerlimes, native thyme and lemon myrtle, giving residents the added bonus of growing something they might one day be able to eat.”
To deliver the giveaway, the NSW Government has partnered with Sydney-based IndigiGrow, a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and operated social enterprise.
IndigiGrow CEO Peter Cooley said the purpose of IndigiGrow is to help sustain people, land and culture, through the propagation of native plants, including bush foods.
“This partnership helps us to provide apprenticeships for our young people, where they learn traditional plant knowledge and gain nationally-recognised training at the same time,” Mr Cooley said.
Every tree planted from this giveaway will be registered towards the Greening our City Premier’s Priority, which aims to plant 1 million trees in Greater Sydney by the end of the year.
The Tree Giveaway is open to residents from all 33 LGAs across Greater Sydney, who have not already received a free tree in 2022.