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2021 Free Tree Giveaway

Our free tree giveaway continues in 2021. Planting one million trees will provide more shade, cleaner air and more resilient places to live. To reach the target of one million trees we need individuals to play a part and plant trees in their own backyard.

In 2021, households can apply for free trees between March to May, from our partner,  IndigiGrow – an all Aboriginal owned, not-for-profit organisation in La Perouse. IndigiGrow will be providing trees for pick up from La Perouse Public School.

Further opportunities for free trees will be announced in June 2021. Each month there will be different trees and quantities available.

May Free Tree Giveaway - Applications are now open

We are pleased to announce that applications have now reopened for the Free Tree Giveaway.

You can now apply for a free tree(s) via the NSW Planning Portal. Get in quick, a limited number of trees are available every month.

If you’re planting a tree(s) outside of the Giveaway, please register it to make it count. Every tree planted gets us one step closer to planting one million trees by 2022.

Planting one million trees will provide more shade, cleaner air and more resilient places to live. To reach the target of one million trees we need individuals to play a part and plant trees in your own backyard.

What tree species are available in May?

The first 1,000 households to apply in May can claim one of the following orders from IndigiGrow:

  • Edible trees: 2 x140mm pots, or 3 x tubestock
  • Non-edible trees: 3 x 140mm pots, or 4 x tubestock

A range of species are available for order, head to the Planning Portal to see what’s there. To find out more about any particular species on offer head to IndigiGrow’s website.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you answer yes to all of the following criteria:

  • you have an address in one of the 33 local government areas (LGAs) in Greater Sydney
  • you have not already applied for a free tree(s) in 2021

What happens if I miss out on free trees?

You can either check the website on 1 June, when more orders will be made available, or register your interest on this webpage. A form to register your interest will appear here once all orders for May have been fulfilled.

Order your free tree(s)

  1. Create a Planning Portal Account or log in with your MyServiceNSW details
  2. Once in the Planning Portal you may be taken to a page that says, “Nothing but space” or a see a blank screen. Click on the blue box with three lines in the top left-hand corner of your screen or on the + (plus sign).
  3. Click on ‘Free Tree Application’
  4. Complete the form including which tree(s) you wish to claim. Please note you must select your tree from the drop-down list; we suggest that you start by typing your street name. If you don’t select your address from the drop-down box, ‘Your property is not eligible for a Free Tree’ will appear. If you’ve selected your address from the drop-down box, but still see this error, please email Admin_FreeTrees@dpie.nsw.gov.au
  5. Click ‘Submit’. Once submitted you will receive a confirmation email
  6. Head to IndigiGrow (La Perouse Public School, Yarra Road, La Perouse) within 7 days of submitting your application. Please take your confirmation email to IndigiGrow when you pick up your order

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Frequently asked questions

Why is Government giving away Free Trees? 

The Giveaway is part of the Greening our City Premier’s Priority, which aims to plant one million trees in Greater Sydney by 2022. Planting one million trees will provide more shade, cleaner air and more beautiful places to live. To reach the one million trees target we need individuals like you to play a part and plant trees in your own backyard and Government wants to help out by providing a free tree to eligible households.

What local government areas are eligible?

The 33 Greater Sydney LGAs:

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • Hornsby
  • Hunters Hill
  • Inner West
  • Ku-Ring-Gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Randwick
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland
  • Sydney
  • The Hills
  • Waverly
  • Willoughby
  • Wollondilly
  • Woollahra

What trees can I order?

From March to May, 1,000 orders will be made available each month to eligible households. Households will be able to claim one of the following orders:

  • Edible trees: 2 x140mm pots, or 3 x tubestock
  • Non-edible trees: 3 x 140mm pots, or 4 x tubestock

During the Giveaway, the list of available tree species may be adjusted, to respond to availability.

Why is La Perouse the only pick up location? 

From March to May, La Perouse is the only pick up location because it’s the home of our partner IndigiGrow – an all Aboriginal owned, run and staffed nursery. Further partners will be announced in June 2021, with a range of pick up locations across Greater Sydney.

Are there any limits on the Free Tree Giveaway? 

Yes, including:

  • a limited number of trees are available every month, so get in quick and apply now
  • the Free Tree Giveaway will run for 8 months for the first 13,500 households to apply, with the first round (between March-May) delivering trees for up to 3,000 of those households
  • only one order per household from March to October 2021 (subject to change)
  • once you have been contacted to inform you that your tree(s) are ready, the tree(s) must be picked up within 7 working days.

I ordered Free Tree in 2020, can I order another tree this year?  

Yes. We hope you enjoyed the tree(s) you ordered in 2020 and are keen to support you again in 2021.

If you’re planting a tree(s), register it to make it count, every tree planted gets us one step closing to planting one million trees by 2022.