Go Native with Free Plants

Published on 10 May 2017

Plants for Residents Program

Planting native species is a great way to help preserve the environment while also saving water, and the Shire of Kalamunda encourages residents to make the most of this year’s free Plants for Residents Program.

Held each winter, the Shire gives away free native seedlings to all residents. This year there will be two events for residents to choose from to collect free plants.

The first will be held in High Wycombe on Saturday 27 May from 9am to 12noon at Scott Reserve at 200 Newburn Road.

The second will be held in Gooseberry Hill on Sunday 4 June from 9am to 12noon at the Gooseberry Hill Community Hall at 42 Ledger Road.

Shire President Andrew Waddell said, “Plants to Residents provides free plants to ratepayers of the Shire to support the establishment of natural habitat in backyards and verges across the Shire.”

“All plants are tube stock or smaller, with over 40 different species to choose from including some annual favourites such as local wattle trees, banksias, kangaroo paws and bottle brush.”

“The program aims to promote the revegetation of residential and rural properties with local native trees, shrubs and groundcovers, all requiring less water and maintenance while providing environmentally-friendly habitats for local wildlife.”

“Planting not only improves landscape quality but also provides an array of benefits such as shade, as well as shelter for birds, reptiles and small mammals.”

Each eligible ratepayer will receive a total of 15 plants each for their property, however plants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The event will include free face painting as well as informative sessions with gardening expert and  “Inspired by Nature’ founder Lisa Passmore.

Residents must bring photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, a current Shire of Kalamunda Rates Notice to verify address and a container to carry plants.

View further information here including a copy of the Species List. Alternatively, please contact Environmental Services on 9257 9806, environment@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

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