Free trees for Inner West Council residents

Monday 10 July 2017

Inner West Council is giving away free trees to residents in celebration of National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July.

Council will host the free tree giveaway at Steel Park Marrickville, between 10am and midday.

Council’s Urban Forest Manager Gwilym Griffiths said the trees are all advanced size and Australian natives.

“Council is committed to increasing our ‘urban forest’ – and this is a great way to help us achieve our goal,” he said.

The free trees include Banksias, Illawarra Flame Trees, Lilly Pilly trees and more.

“They’ll make an instant impact in people’s backyards, and on our local tree canopy,” Mr Griffiths said.

“Trees provide a multitude of benefits including providing shade and cooling, reducing energy costs, increasing property values – and the obvious environmental benefits such as oxygen production and pollution reduction,” he said.

The trees are advanced stock (25 litre bags/300mm pots). Residents need to be able to accommodate this size when collecting their free tree.

Council will combine the Steel Park tree giveaway and tree planting with other plantings at Leichhardt Park in Lilyfield and Richard Murden Reserve in Haberfield.

“Last year the free trees were incredibly popular,” said Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson. “My advice is to get in early to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

“Last year we gave away close to 300 advanced trees and attracted residents from all corners of our local government area, from Tempe to Balmain to Ashfield and Leichhardt.

“There was a lot of positive feedback, and staff told me they felt proud to be engaging with our community in such an upbeat way,” Mr Pearson said.

For more information on Council’s National Tree Day events visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au.

For more information on the free tree giveaway, including conditions, visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/treegiveaway

For print quality images of last years’ event, contact the Communication team.

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