City of Sydney free tree giveaway

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Score free foliage for your yard or balcony at this massive tree giveaway

The City of Sydney is giving away 1,000 free trees to local residents to help make the city and surrounding suburbs a leafier place to live. Since the initiative started back in 2005, more than 13,000 trees have been planted across the city, and it's estimated that by 2030, Sydney's urban canopy may be as much as 50 per cent larger than today, all thanks to this annual event.

When you pick up your tree, you'll also be able to enjoy a sausage sizzle and chat to horticulturally-informed staff for advice on how to plant your trees and ensure that they prosper.

You can choose from 24 varieties to suit your home, from native to exotic species and a range assorted citrus trees. Bigger leaf boys include jacarandas, cheese trees (no, not cheddar) and water gums. Littler flowing fellas include bottle brush, hibiscus and gardenias.

Staff will be at Sydney Park from 10am until all trees have been given away. You need to be a City of Sydney resident to be eligible for this forest of freebies, so don’t forget to bring your ID to prove your current address.

To score free foliage, you’ll need to live in one of the following suburbs: Alexandria, Annandale, Barangaroo, Beaconsfield, Camperdown, Centennial Park, Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Darlington, Dawes Point, Elizabeth Bay, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haymarket, Millers Point, Moore Park, Newtown, Paddington, Potts Point, Pyrmont, Redfern, Rosebery, Rushcutters Bay, St Peters, Surry Hills, Sydney, the Rocks, Ultimo, Waterloo, Woolloomooloo and Zetland.

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