Sydneysiders are being encouraged to help green their community through a free giveaway of 1,000 trees – part of the City of Sydney’s work to increase the city’s urban canopy.The free trees will be available at Sydney Park on Saturday March 29 from 10am to 2pm.  Residents can apply online and bring along a rates notice or proof of residency on the day.

“Trees make our streets more beautiful as well as improve air quality and provide habitat for birds and animals,’ Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“The City has planted 9,719 trees since 2005. We already have around 42,000 trees in our streets and parks across the city, and we’re planning for many more. Now we are encouraging residents to join our efforts by providing free trees for their backyard.

“This is part of our target of increasing the urban canopy by 50 per cent by 2030. We hope that residents will be inspired to plant and care for a tree and help us create a greener future for our city and villages.”

Residents can choose a tree from 21 species including Jacaranda that is suited to a sunny position with well-drained soil; Blueberry Ash, a small, hardy tree that can tolerate poorer soil; and Eucalyptus ‘Summer Orange’, a small evergreen tree with masses of flowers during summer that thrives in sunny yards.

Residents can sign up for a small, medium or large tree and choice of native, exotic, deciduous or evergreen species. There is a limit of two trees per household and up to five trees for strata properties, schools, communities and public housing developments. Applications for the free trees should be submitted by Wednesday March 19 and are on a first come serve basis.

The trees can be picked up at Sydney Park’s Park Road entrance, where City staff will be on hand with a free barbecue and advice about how to plant the trees.

Online application form available at: