Bunnings offers 26,500 free plants: Here's how you can get one

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Bunnings and the NSW Government are giving away thousands of trees to residents across Sydney as part of an initiative to plant one million trees by 2022 and five million by 2030.

The Greening our City initiative is to encourage Sydney residents to get outside and into their gardens, but less than 24 hours after announcing the initiative, the free trees are already out of stock.

“We’ve received an overwhelming response to applications for free trees in June and there is currently no more stock available,” an update on the NSW Government website said.

A Bunnings Warehouse store in Melbourne.
Keen gardeners will now be able to pick up their free plant at participating Bunnings stores. Source: Getty Images, file

But keen gardeners can still score a free tree. The government has allotted a certain amount of trees to giveaway each month and while the June amount of 2000 trees has sold out, registrations are now open for the next lot available on July 1.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the partnership with Bunnings would see more than 26,500 free trees available to Greater Sydney households.

“Our Free Tree Giveaway with Bunnings is open to all 33 local government areas across Greater Sydney, giving 10,500 eligible households a tree to plant in their yard,” Mr Stokes said.

“Trees make a huge difference to our lives; they improve air quality, create habitats for our beautiful wildlife and are the best way to manage the urban heat island effect which we know is a particular problem in Western Sydney.”

An employee arranges plants on display in the garden centre of a Bunnings Warehouse store in Melbourne.
The free trees from Bunnings are out of stock for June, but should be available from July. Source: Getty Images, file

Are you eligible for a free tree from Bunnings?

To be eligible, all you need to do is live in one of the listed 33 local government areas in Sydney and register your interest on the NSW Planning Industry and Environment website.

The initiative will run from June to October, and each month there will be different varieties of trees and a different amount will be available.

The June trees included Bottlebrush (Callistemon Endeavour), Bottlebrush (Callistemon Hanna Ray), Lilly Pilly (Syzgium Australe) and Lilly Pilly Winter Lights (Syzgium Winter Lights).

Each month a seasonally appropriate tree will be available at participating Bunnings stores to eager gardeners, with each selection offering privacy, shade, flowering, and fruit trees.

A full list of participating Bunnings stores can be found on the Planning, Industry & Environment website.

Since the program started in 2018, 66,000 trees have been planted and $15 million has been invested in offering Sydneysiders free trees to make their garden a little greener.

This year, more than 10,500 households across Sydney will have the opportunity to help reach the goal of planting more than one million trees by 2022.

How to score your free tree

To claim a free tree, eligible residents should first register their interest in the upcoming month’s giveaway. A notification will be sent once a new lot of trees becomes available.

To register, Sydney residents will need to create a planning portal account and complete the free tree application form with the details of the tree they wish to claim. You can also apply in-store at a participating Bunnings.

Once a form has been submitted and approved, residents will be contacted by their local Bunnings store for collection of a free tree.

To register and for more information, visit the free tree giveaway page on the Planning Industry & Environment website.

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