Illawarra Flame tree - just one of the free trees available.

Illawarra Flame tree in flower – just one of the free tree species available.

Great news & a first for ex-Marrickville Council, now the Inner West Council.

On National Tree Day, Sunday 31st July 2016, Council will be giving away free trees so that we can be a part of increasing our urban forest canopy & all the associated benefits trees bring to both the community & the wildlife.

Unfortunately, Council does not say how many trees will be in the giveaway, so if you want one, I recommend getting there earlier rather than later.

Tree species available are –

  • Sydney Red Gum/ Smooth Barked Apple (Angophora crostata)
  • Coast Banksia (Banksia integrifolia)
  • Old Man Banksia (Banksia serrata)
  • Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius)
  • Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminallis cv)
  • Black Tea-Tree (Melaleuca bracteata)
  • Lemon-scented Tea Tree (Leptospermum petersonii)
  • Riberry (Syzygium leuhmannii)

Information about these trees can be found in Council’s pdf document, which includes photos –

Council staff will be available to talk about the trees available to help you decide which species is best for your property & provide planting & caring advice.

WHEN:  National Tree Day – Sunday 31st July 2016.

WHERE:  The car park at the back of the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Centre in Steel Park Marrickville South.  Council says, “The trees will be advanced sized stock (25 litre bags/300mm pots), so please make sure you can accommodate this size tree when picking it up.”

TIME: 10am – 1pm.

IMPORTANT:  There is a limit of one tree per household. You will need to provide proof of your address in the form of a Council rates notice or Drivers Licence.

For more information see –